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ERIC Number: ED370085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 5
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Inquiry about Learning To Read.
Albert, Elaine
Some researchers believe that phonics is the more natural way to teach reading because, instead of requiring the learner to memorize whole words, phonics shows the learner the process by which alphabetic writing is converted into speech. The human baby babbles more than enough phonemes for any language. Before there was an alphabet, humans drew pictures. Some 3,000 years ago the alphabet was invented with a symbol for each phoneme used in spoken language. There is reason to believe that all who eventually learn to read do so by using the phonic process. The whole word or look-say method appeared in the first quarter of the 20th century. What is happening in the brain when the memorizing of words is substituted for the alphabetic process? If children are to learn to read, they need to be shown the process for using the ABC's to match speech they know. Research of neuroscientists indicates that the brain visually processes words rather than recalls them from memory. Educators who fail to start their teaching with phonics are expecting their students to discover for themselves how the alphabet works. (Contains a list of five phonics primers.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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