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Here is a video I did for David’s website:

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  It is a proven fact that young learners who progress more rapidly with reading exhibit better phonological awareness. This ability is assessed by tasks like deciding whether two words rhyme, indicating the number of syllables in words, and deciding whether two words begin, end or contain the same sound (Castles). The reason for this […]

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Phonemic Awareness is composed of two elements. One is the ability to distinguish the sounds. The other is the ability to manipulate the sounds. This clip is from an Udemy course that focuses on the latter.

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Perceiving a difference in sounds that do not exist in an L1 is a prerequisite for good pronunciation, good listening, and effective phonics in an L2.   Japanese speakers inability to understand or produce English words may be rooted in the inability to discriminate sounds perceptually.   Repeated listening to the sounds in contrast is […]

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b4 is perfect for homework. Why? It focuses on the most important thing you can teach young learners – the sounds. Why?   Before we start to speak we set the sounds in our brains. We focus on the sounds of our native language and the sounds of a 2nd language become increasingly difficult.   […]

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The importance of phonemic awareness for reading an alphabetic script is well established and has been researched far more than it has for listening. This might seem odd given that phonemes are sounds so directly related to hearing. This situation exists because phonemic awareness has been investigated in the first language (L1) context. Children in […]

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  I got this title from a JALT publication. The article is, Phonemic Awareness: A Core Phonological Skill in Learning English (below), which was written by Pauline Bunce. In the article, she points out that it has been shown how phonemic awareness skills are predictors of future success in reading. After discussing the importance of […]

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