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The Sounds of the English Language in Literacy Instruction

The English language is based on sounds that represent the language at the elemental level and words in English are comprised of sounds. Therefore, when we teach the students the sounds of the English language, we need to be "EXTRA" careful and we need to teach them PROPERLY AND ACCURATELY! 

Teaching them the wrong sounds means we are giving them the wrong instruction. Get help to teach the sounds of the English language properly. Contact us for workshops and training. 

1. Do not teach the students "ma says /ma/ as in man." Or whatever keywords you would like to use. That is less effective and that is WRONG! Also, do not teach the sound of the letter m as "ma" which is VERY WRONG - meaning do not add "a" to the sound of the letter m.

2. The same as the letter m, do not teach your students "na says /na/  as in Nancy." OR whatever keywords you would like to use. That is less effective and that is WRONG! The sound of the letter n does not have a with it, therefore do NOT add a to the sound of the letter n, like na.

3. Do not teach your students "la says /la/ as in lion" or light or whatever keywords you would like to use. That is less effective and that is wrong. Also, the letter l does not have a with it too. Do not teach your students la for the sound of the letter l. That is WRONG; remove the a.

 

4. We must also teach the sound of the letter 'f' correctly. Do not teach your students "fa says /fa/ as in fan," or fox or whatever keywords you would like to use. That is less effective and that is also wrong. The same as the sounds of the letters above, the sound of the letter 'f ' does not have an a with it, so do not add a because that is wrong too.

 

5. Another sound of the English language that we need to pay attention to, is the sound of the letter 't'. Do not teach your students "ta says /ta/ as in tag," or ten or whatever keywords you would like to use. That is really less effective and wrong. The sound of the letter 't' does not have an a with it as well, so remove the 'a'. That is wrong too.

6.  Also, do not teach your students "va says /va/ as in van,"  or whatever keywords you would like to use. That is also less effective and wrong. It does not have an 'a' with it as well, so do not add 'a' to the sound of the letter 'v.'  

7. Finally, of all the English language sounds, the letter 'r' is the most difficult sound to learn by the students with a specific language difficulty, particularly those individuals who are severely impaired and unfortunately, MOST of them have learned this sound incorrectly! The sound of the letter 'r' does not have an 'a' before and after it. Do not add the 'a' because that is EXTREMELY WRONG! Therefore, do not teach your students "ra says /ra/ as in rug," or whatever keywords you would like to use. Do not teach your students "ar says /ar/ as in rug," etc., either because that is also wrong! 

Do not forget,  the pattern of adding the "says"  and "as in"  is less effective as well, as previously mentioned

Hope our information can help to teach your students better!

to be continued...

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