bright_tomato wrote:Russian was traditionally learned through breaking words down into syllables, there is no phonetic method.
Hmm.. Well, our native Russian teachers (all 6 of them) taught us to read with phonics. It's a strongly phonetic language, much more so than English.
I'm sure they used the methods to teach us that worked the best in such a limited amount of time. (and I agree, transliteration is a suck of efforts. But it should not be confused with phonics)
Sight reading in English has been proven time and time again to fail our children. Unless they know how a word is constructed, it cages their abilities and has been associated with creating learning problems like dyslexia (why should it matter which way the letter is facing if the word shape is the same?) and comprehension issues.
If you can get ahold of the book Why Johnny Can't Read, it's an excellent piece on why the look-say method failed many schoolchildren, and how we are still struggling to return to phonics based instruction without it being considered remedial. It was also written in the early 60s, I believe, when look-say or sight reading was at it's height.