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Speak to me only with thine eyes and I will hear every word you say. Unique in a mix of sounds and intonation, an accent can be an aural delight to the listener. Often he or she will stare at the speaker quizzically, and in some cases smile and even comment with something such as, "What an interesting accent you have!" What is really going on in that exchange considering the speaker and listener have their own unique accents? Every person has a specific speech pattern
Phonics are the building blocks of learning to read. But lately they have taken a back seat to the Look See method in some countries. Most students can learn to read, no matter what method they are being taught, but the struggling learners need phonics. It has been shown time and again, that phonics are a better way to learn to read, for struggling readers. The Look See Method has the beautiful books with lots of pictures, while the phonic books are pretty drab, filled with rhyming text that don't always make sense. But you need rhyming to learn to read. And students will learn to read using t
English, it is said, is an unaccented language. This conveniently ignores words imported from French, which depend on the mood of the writer and a printer deep in the bowels of a newspaper. But accents indicate the emphasis and I recommend that all students of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) use their own private accent marks.
Major research studies have shown the benefits of systematic, explicit phonics instruction in early grades (Adams, 1990; Beck & Juel, 1995; Chall, 1996; Chall & Popp, 1996) Consider using the following phonological and phonemic awareness activities either in a one-on-one framework or in whole class instruction.
Many years ago, a presenter at an ESL conference I attended began his stimulating, and very memorable, presentation with a ten minute mini lesson in . . . Thai! The audience of ESL teachers, syllabus planners and curriculum designers was stunned, but the point was effectively made: Learning correct pronunciation and intonation in a foreign language is not as simple as ESL teachers seem to think!
How I got around life being a bad speller and my Goal to fix it. This year I have a dream to become a good speller, I have been creating blogs and the spelling has driven me nuts. These blogs have motivated me to relearn the English language. Many people just do not try to do anything new or fix up their old bad habits and use many excuses.