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ERIC Number: ED439403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Helping Children Learn "Phonemic" and "Graphemic" Awareness.
McCulloch, Myrna T.
A "national cry" has gone out that phonics and phonemics awareness must again be taught. True literacy involves much more than merely reading. Students need to be equipped to think, write, spell, and express themselves orally and on paper. This helps them to clarify their own thinking. The English alphabet is a sound/symbol system, not a pictographic one, and the 26 letters of the alphabet, singly and in some set combinations, are used to write the elementary sounds of English speech--the 42 pure sounds needed to say the entire English lexicon. The paper outlines and discusses the Riggs Institute's way of teaching their students to listen, hear, and say the sounds accurately, to read and write the corresponding letters, and to pursue this neurological/linguistic learning process through four primary sensory avenues: sight, sound, voice, and writing, to address all learning styles by teaching the stronger avenue/s, while remedying any weaker avenue/s, simultaneously. Attached is the Revised Orton Phonograms for correct spelling. (NKA)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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