ERIC Number: ED371604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Alphabet and Spelling Connection: Insights from Non-Native Learners of English.
Odisho, Edward Y.
This paper reviews recent research on English spelling and the alphabet, and examines the alphabet in terms of symbols, letter-names, and sounds. English is considerably less phonetic than most Western languages, with many symbols having more than one sound. This factor makes spelling difficult for learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) or Foreign Language (EFL). The recognition that the alphabet has three distinct identities, as a group of symbols, letter-names, and sounds, not only leads to better understanding of the role of the alphabet, but also helps in a better understanding of the manner in which the three identities relate to the acquisition of different language skills, including spelling. Such understanding becomes even more important in the instruction of language minority, ESL, and EFL students. Elementary and secondary curriculum and instruction should clearly define the objectives and teaching strategies that are most appropriate for the implementation of the three identities and their functions within one language and across languages. (MDM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Graphemes, Language Research, Letters (Alphabet), Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Phonemes, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spelling, Spelling Instruction, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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