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Phonemic Awareness

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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The perception-production link is well attested. It is almost self-evident – to me. This post will discuss recently-read articles that demonstrate the perception-production link. That is, these studies demonstrate that pronunciation can be improved by listening practice.   The first, What predicts the effectiveness of foreign language pronunciation instruction? Investigating the role of perception and […]

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When we are born our perceptual systems are capable of discriminating sounds that occur in any language. During the first year, our perception begins to zero in on the particular set of sounds that are contrastive in our native language(s) (L1s). For example, a child whose parents are L1 English speakers will pick up on […]

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In the last post, I wrote about Dr. Laura Petitto and the work she has done with deaf children. What she discovered is that children who are exposed to signed languages from birth acquire these languages on an identical maturational time course as hearing children acquire spoken languages. That is, in her words: “Deaf children […]

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I first saw Laura Petitto, on film, when she was the person assigned with teaching Nim Chimsky, a chimpanzee named after Noam Chomsky, to use sign language. She has gone on to great things. I’ll mention a couple of her amazing studies. Sign languages have phonetic units, and in one study (1 below), she demonstrated […]

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