Words in Colour

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Words in Colour is an approach to literacy invented by Dr Caleb Gattegno.[1] Words in Colour first appeared in 1962, published simultaneously in the UK and US. Later versions were published in French (French: Lecture en Couleurs) and Spanish (Spanish: Letras en Color).[2]

Words in Colour is a synthetic phonics system that uses colour to indicate the phonetic properties of letters.[3] The system has been adapted for the use of deaf children,[4] and for dyslexic children.[3] Words in Colour was one of a number of colour assisted schemes, being followed by Colour Story Reading, Colour Phonics System and English Colour Code.[5]


  • Teacher's Guide to Words in Colour Gattegno.

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  1. ^ Brenda Hopkin (November 1964). "Eight Hours to Literacy". Schools and College. 
  2. ^ "Words in Colour Catalogue". The Cuisenaire Company. 1973. 
  3. ^ a b Stringer, Bobrow and Linn (9 May 2011). "Jacob, a case study of dyslexia in Canada". In Peggy L. Anderson; Regine Meier-Hedde. International Case Studies of Dyslexia. Routledge. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-136-73592-9. 
  4. ^ Sister Caterina, O.P. "Words in Colour for the Deaf". Educational Explorers. 
  5. ^ Experiments and Innovations in Education. Unesco Press (1-9): 18–20. 1973.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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