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The Power of Narrative, Part 2

  by Terry Phillips   Developing speaking and writing Last time we talked about how narratives get students motivated and actively reading or listening. But they can also be used as a springboard for developing speaking and writing. The most obvious link to speaking practice is role play, in which students act out scenes that […]

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by Terry Phillips   Why should we use narratives with language learners? The use of continuing stories in ELT coursebooks has fallen out of fashion since I came into the business – sorry, profession – in the 1970s. This seems to me to be a great shame. Narratives are very powerful as a language learning […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Sight words are words that appear over and over in the English language. Some of these words can be sounded out, but many cannot. When children can recognize these words immediately “on sight,” their reading speeds up and they gain fluency. This makes the entire reading experience more enjoyable […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   The type of four-letter words your child needs to learn are frog, plan, drip, went, send, cast, or fast.   For kids to feel confident about reading, they need a plan to figure out new words. As the adult, you are not only teaching how to read specific words, […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Reading their first book is a big and exciting step for your child. Having the fun of reading a book, making friends with the characters, finding out what happens to them – these are all things that bring joy for your child. With a solid phonics foundation, your child […]

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by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Your child has learned the alphabet. They know which letters represent which sounds. They have practiced blending sounds together. Now it is time for the exciting step of learning to read words! With all your preparation, the next step will be easy.   Practice for a few minutes the two-letter […]

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by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Before the next step, make sure your child knows the sounds of the alphabet. Can they can tell you the sound bbbb when they see the letter b? Do they know a-a-apple starts with the sound aaa, and letter name aye?   Before reading, the next step is to learn […]

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by Lynn Maslen Kertell   The first step in helping your child learn to read is for them to understand that those funny squiggles on the paper represent sounds. To experienced readers, this is so well known as to be unconscious. To a child who does not yet know how to read, the consistency of […]

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by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Learning to read with phonics is proven to be the best way to start reading. This means associating the letter shape with the letter sound. When your child sees “b,” they know it represents the sound bbbbb. Research shows that the areas of the brain associated with sound and hearing […]

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By Gio Panizzon   Exposing young learners to new words from the adults interacting with them can be a predictor of their long-term expressive vocabulary. The typical English speaker will use less than 4,000 words on a regular basis in everyday conversation, but our young learners should be able to grasp the most fundamental words. […]

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