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by ealteacher
Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: criticism of Dyslexia lobby - yippee!
Replies: 0
Views: 733

criticism of Dyslexia lobby - yippee!

At the Death of Dyslexia conference last Friday, I went in to the tail end of the question and answer session. David Mills, the man who made the Channel 4 documentary was speaking. He said that if he were to make the programme again, he would be much more critical of the Dyslexia lobby. They had, he...
by ealteacher
Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Death of Dyslexia conference.
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

I have tried to send a report about the conference but have got tangled up with formatting. I did the report in Word but the formatting has been lost when I tried to send it. Am also away from home at present which does not help.
I will type it in again directly by hand when I get home.
Pat
by ealteacher
Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forward Planning...ideas please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2830

Excellent idea about car stickers! would love one!
Pat
by ealteacher
Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:45 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: F-U-N
Replies: 12
Views: 2307

Debbie I will use starfall with beginner eal students with no first language literacy. I use mainly the decodable stories Zac the Rat etcera. to be absolutely honest, if a child arrives at school not speaking English and with no previous literacy, then there is a big problem finding useful things fo...
by ealteacher
Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: F-U-N
Replies: 12
Views: 2307

I have used starfall for some time now with secondary age students who do not speak English as their first language. I have found it invaluable.
Pat Oxley-Wakefield
by ealteacher
Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Forward Planning...ideas please!
Replies: 16
Views: 2830

I think it is a great idea. I will help. I suppose it is all to do with how ideas change/are changed which i reckon is a whole subject in itself. Maybe it has something to do with who makes educational policy/curricula etc and how/whether this could be made more intelligent/more informed/more democr...
by ealteacher
Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading For Enjoyment
Replies: 18
Views: 2867

Thankyou Debbie for suggesting that we be the champion. There are several people who have already contributed to this discussion. Maybe at the end of this, we could summarize all the ideas? Maybe use them for a further discussion/discussion document? I like the hope given by Susan Smethurst but do n...
by ealteacher
Mon May 30, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Reading For Enjoyment
Replies: 18
Views: 2867

Jim and Debbie I read what both of you have said with a measure of recognition and gloom. I teach Ruth Miskin Literacy in secondary school. I have to say that teaching the code is hard work but eminently do-able - with all the kids we have taught. They start to pick up at different rates but they al...
by ealteacher
Sun May 22, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Alphabet reform": a useful step?
Replies: 31
Views: 3578

There is a problem for a sound-based alphabet rather than a letter-name based alphabet - there are two graphemes for the sound /k/ - ie c and k.
But it would so have helped all my students.
What would be the disadvantages of getting rid of a letter name based alphabet? MMMM will have to think.
Pat
by ealteacher
Sat May 21, 2005 8:15 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Word and cultural evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 2096

Dear Elsy
I loved the Language Instinct!
Pat
by ealteacher
Sat May 21, 2005 8:03 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Alphabet reform": a useful step?
Replies: 31
Views: 3578

Dear Brian As with everything, it only gets complicated when you start to do it! To try to get in clesr in my head: English is written using 26 letters which represent about 44 phonemes - anyway there are more sounds than there are letters. I was just thinking of replacing the current 26 letter name...
by ealteacher
Sat May 21, 2005 3:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Word and cultural evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 2096

Dear FEtutor
thanks for your comments.
When you asked what is hard-wiring anyway, I had to admit that a few years ago I could have given you a reasonable answer but now may I refer you to Stephen Pinker's book the Language Instinct.
I am going to refresh my own thinking too!

Pat Oxley-Wakefield
by ealteacher
Sat May 21, 2005 3:50 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Alphabet reform": a useful step?
Replies: 31
Views: 3578

Excellent idea!
Why don't we form a pressure group!
Pat oxley-Wakefield
by ealteacher
Thu May 19, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 21
Views: 3549

More thoughts on spelling. What would happen if, with my secondary children, I abandoned the teaching of spelling and just taught them to decode? There would be more time to read. When children read they inevitably further their knowledge of text cohesion. - How language works to connect ideas toget...
by ealteacher
Thu May 19, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Whole Word and cultural evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 2096

Dear Guest thankyou for your reply. I have to admit that at the heart of all my teaching is the theory that language is hard-wired in humans. I am not so sure about the second point - that humans are hard-wired to acquire language whatever the medium. But I would think that this is quite possible. I...