The English language is based on a simple code. It has 26 letters which make 42 sounds. That's it...just 26 letters that make 42 sounds. You can determine which sound is which by applying 5 simple decoding rules to each syllable. You can determine where a word is broken into syllables by applying just 2 simple rules. Yes, there are a few exceptions, but really just a few. I have personally taught this code to countless children, teens and adults. I have never met a student who couldn't learn the code. This includes people on the autism spectrum, people with cognitive differences, and those with severe dyslexia and ADHD.
Yet, if you hear some people explain our language, you would think it is impossible to learn. It is not uncommon to hear teachers tell students that it is the hardest language on Earth to learn, or that our letters make hundreds of sounds, or that there are more exceptions than rules. The truth is that it is highly predictable and can be taught in a relatively short period of time. We now live in a country where over two thirds of children do not have the reading skills they need by the time they enter fourth grade. It is time we embraced the code and ensured that every child learns it. The future of every "Marisol" out there depends on it.