THRASS is an explicit phonographic approach to teaching reading and spelling skills to learners of any age. It is dependent on the competence, commitment and understanding of the teacher using the pedagogy – and because of its specific learning technique should not be combined with other more widely used and often outdated, letter-to-sound programs.
THRASS does not depend on specific intervention with individual learners but rather focuses on instructing teachers in the technique for whole-class implementation. Rather than being an additional task for an already too-busy teacher to work into a cluttered curriculum, THRASS is designed to form a cornerstone around which the teacher can build their classroom reading and writing activities spanning all areas of the curriculum.
THRASS does not subscribe to a ‘workbook’ model that provides ready-made written lesson plans or workbooks for teachers, but requires genuine commitment and understanding by the teacher.