About TTRS

A typing course that teaches keyboarding, develops reading and spelling skills, builds confidence and motivates learners to succeed

For over 25 years, TTRS has offered a comprehensive touch-typing course based on a structured program of phonics. The program aims to build literacy skills and increase confidence and self-esteem in users as they master the art of keyboarding. Because it takes a multi-sensory approach to tuition, TTRS is also suitable for users who struggle with physical impairments and specific learning difficulties, like dyslexia.

TTRS Overview

  • Designed to encourage success from the start
  • Highly structured yet flexible approach
  • 24 course levels, each of 31 modules - 4,500+ words

Reading - Writing - Spelling

  • Phonics program supports decoding skills in reading
  • Repetition, free-writing, and dictation exercises develop writing fluency
  • Muscle memory in the fingers used as a spelling aid

Self-Esteem, Motivation and Confidence

  • Can enhance self-esteem for individuals with a history of educational failure
  • TTRS is appropriate as a typing course for children age 7+ and adults who wish to learn the skill of keyboarding. It is part of the National Curriculum for Schools and Colleges.

Computer Keyboard Skills

  • Keys introduced sequentially following a phonics program
  • Small, incremental steps delivered at the pace of the learner
  • Multi-sensory learning - students see, hear and type each word

Dyslexia-Friendly Learning

  • Structured wordlists based on the book 'Alpha to Omega'
  • Multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling
  • Sight words, uppercase letters, punctuation and whole sentences

TTRS is designed to benefit:

  • Students who experience spelling, reading or writing difficulties
  • Adults who want to learn typing and/or require help with their literacy skills
  • Students learning English as an Additional Language (EAL)

How does Touch-type Read and Spell work?

TTRS is modular in design and contains 24 levels with 31 modules in each level. A module typically takes a few minutes to complete. Student success is encouraged by immediate feedback and positive reinforcement. This feedback includes a score that appears at the end of each module.

The course starts with students learning to touch-type, read and spell the vowels - " a, e, I, o, u ". The audio track accompanies the letters as they appear on the screen, reinforcing sound-letter correspondence, which is a crucial skill for sounding out words in reading. The student then receives their first score - and success!

In the second module,the student is introduced to words grouped by onset, vowel-blend, and final consonant. For example - fed, wed, led. This teaches phonics in context and at the same time, the student is learning how to touch-type. With repetition, these words move from short-term to long-term memory.

Every 5th module is a dictation module that removes the visual element encouraging the student to listen to the words and then type out what they hear. This reinforces the words introduced in the previous 4 modules. It also develops spelling by testing sound-letter mapping skills.

Some students with dyslexia have problems with their short-term memory. Repetition is a way of “over-learning” which can help with these problems. TTRS uses a multi-sensory approach to repetition learning.

Through the multi-sensory approach, students hear the words using headphones, see the words printed on the screen, and are prompted as to which fingers to press via the on-screen keyboard.

Finally, through the sense of touch, they type out the words and learn to “spell with their fingers”.

It's like talking with my fingers. When I want to spell a word, I just think where my fingers would go.