Listen to Language!

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Once I started to realize what a system could teach me, I found some different resources and began to study the written language system itself. I needed to put the system of language in dialogue with the arguments of phonics and then see where I found myself. That dialogue looks something like this:

Argument: Divide words into syllables but don’t split up a digraph such as <sh>.

The Language: Um, dishearten.

Argument: But you could tell the student to take off the prefix in a word like dishearten. We teach our students these things. They would know that rented isn’t “ren ted” because we teach to take off the <ed> suffix first.

The Language: Unbred.

Argument: Okay, okay. But phonological awareness has to be first. It’s basic. You have to teach it before letters.

The Language: Then what are you going to say when a child tells you the first “sound” in dress is /dʒ/ (as in jump), the first “sound” in train is /tʃ/ (as in chip)?

Argument: I just won’t give those words.

Holly: That’s cherry-picking.

Argument: Okay, okay. But you have to teach phonological awareness before morphology.

The Language: Explain why there’s a /p/ phoneme in “dumpster “but not in “hamster”.

Argument: But there has to be something we can do so students can figure out any word on their own.

Holly: I thought “awry” was /ɔɹi/ (“aw – ree”) and “caveat” was /kəvit/ (“kuh – veet”) up until my mid-twenties at which point I heard them pronounced by one of my professors. How are we supposed to teach something to students that I couldn’t even do myself? That would require a magic wand and I don’t have one.

 

 

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