As a graduate student in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at Brigham Young University (BYU), I had the privilege of studying under Dr. Neil J. Anderson, an expert in the field of second language reading and language learner strategies in the TESOL field. He recently published a reading book in the Practical English Language Teaching series of which David Nunan is the series editor. In his book, Dr. Anderson addresses an approach to teaching reading to beginning level readers that relates to the teaching of phonics, or bottom-up strategies, in context of an interactive reading approach. He even mentions the software that my company develops as a resource that can be used to contribute to accomplishing this objective.
Here are a few excerpts from his book, cited with permission: