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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Reading from the Scratch with Fingers: Success Warranted in 70 hours: An International Reading Method by Show of Hands

Katrin Rabanus.

The German Franz-Josef Koch has invented this method for teaching reading to beginners in elementary school in the 1920s. After almost 50 years of inactivity Katrin Rabanus has reanimated and adapted this method to the needs of people with learning disabilities and any other dyslexics such as adults, non-native speakers, and mentally disabled.

More than 30 years of application of this method in almost every school type in Germany has proven its efficiency with respect to the individual learner as well as to the deployability into other schools.

Recent efforts, since 1995, have started an alphabetization campaign of exhaustive area coverage in Bolivia.

In the meantime this method has been refined and translated into Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, and Guaraní, the latter three being indigenous dialects in Bolivia and Brazil, as well as into Woloff, a dialect spoken in Senegal.

This presentation gives an outline of the method, shows the convenience of its use and gives, as time allows, quick examples of the usage.

Current developments involve adaptation to English and several languages spoken in arabic countries. Also, enhanced emphasis is laid on further education and training of teachers.


Katrin Rabanus  (Germany)
Special Education Teacher, Founder
Lernstation Hasenschule in Oelbergkinder e.V., a non-profit organization for educational supplement.
Oelbergkinder e.V.

  • Alphabetization
  • Reading for beginners
  • Adults
  • Mentally disabled
  • Literacy campaign
  • Education and training for teachers

(60min Workshop, English)