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Speak to me only with thine eyes and I will hear every word you say. Unique in a mix of sounds and intonation, an accent can be an aural delight to the listener. Often he or she will stare at the speaker quizzically, and in some cases smile and even comment with something such as, "What an interesting accent you have!" What is really going on in that exchange considering the speaker and listener have their own unique accents? Every person has a specific speech pattern within the first language, based on how and where the language was acquired; and it's usually part of regional, cultural, and p
Phonics are the building blocks of learning to read. But lately they have taken a back seat to the Look See method in some countries. Most students can learn to read, no matter what method they are being taught, but the struggling learners need phonics. It has been shown time and again, that phonics are a better way to learn to read, for struggling readers. The Look See Method has the beautiful books with lots of pictures, while the phonic books are pretty drab, filled with rhyming text that don't always make sense. But you need rhyming to learn to read. And students will learn to read using t
What Is Phonics? To put it simply, phonics is the method of teaching children to read, which focuses on the individual sounds of letters, or groups of letters, and blending them together. A word is broken down and sounded out (decoded), and then blended together to reveal what the word says. Advantages Of Phonics • Many words can be taught at one time in a phonic family. Here's an example of a phonic family: words that end with "at" like rat, cat, sat, etc. • Phonic
Major research studies have shown the benefits of systematic, explicit phonics instruction in early grades (Adams, 1990; Beck & Juel, 1995; Chall, 1996; Chall & Popp, 1996) Consider using the following phonological and phonemic awareness activities either in a one-on-one framework or in whole class instruction.
I recently got a long, anguished letter from a couple with a five-year-old in kindergarten. The school’s curriculum was built around learning 76 Sight Words. The child was not making progress; the parents were miserable. They had decided they must homeschool their child. The couple said ...
A useful way for EFL teachers in Japan to help rid their students of that "katakana" pronunciation.