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by AngusM
Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Lost for Words", Channel 4
Replies: 69
Views: 10988

Geraldine: You asked what my sister thought of the school. You know, I was pleasantly surprised by both Britannia School (an earlier Ruth Miskin intervention) and this one. Certainly, the facilities compare well to state schools here in NYC. My sister feels the same way about Connecticut. She was es...
by AngusM
Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Open and closed syllables
Replies: 38
Views: 10044

Here is a response I received from Michael Bend of ABeCeDarian here in the US - about the research (into the efficacy of teaching syllabication rules) which I posted to this thread last month. As always, he is very interesting - Angus, I think you are asking two separate but related questions, one p...
by AngusM
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: "Lost for Words", Channel 4
Replies: 69
Views: 10988

Yes Judy, it has.

My sister who runs a literacy foundation (failing readers and ESL) in Connecticut (USA) at my urging saw parts of the broadcast (on the web) and is now very interested in SP.
by AngusM
Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: EY anti-SPers call in American guru
Replies: 10
Views: 1814

I suppose it comes down to what Dr Katz means by 'teaching children .... to read and write". Obviously, trying to teach five year olds to read or write the equivalent of 'War and Peace' could be detrimental to them. But teaching children to correlate 'letters and sounds' is not any more 'academic' t...
by AngusM
Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Good Conference!
Replies: 14
Views: 2475

Back in NY. Many thanks for a great conference! I really enjoyed meeting you all.

Angus
by AngusM
Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Open and closed syllables
Replies: 38
Views: 10044

Judy: Sounds like you are describing working with ‘spelling alternatives’ for phonemes - as opposed to ‘code overlaps’ for graphemes (i.e. where they represent more than one phoneme). I think (maybe wrongly?) that ‘tweaking’ tends to deal with the latter: the student tries out different sounds that ...
by AngusM
Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Open and closed syllables
Replies: 38
Views: 10044

I think Tom agrees with you Jenny - because he specifically included the geminate consonant (rule) tip and the "doubling the final consonant, dropping the 'e' and adding a 'y'" tip as high-utility. I think that Adams and Ehri probably would agree as well. Here is Adams on p211 of 'Beginning to Read'...
by AngusM
Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Open and closed syllables
Replies: 38
Views: 10044

Sum up this thread

I've been doing a little googling on this subject for the past few weeks and I thought I'd share with you all a bit of what I've found. A lot of it may be old news to you. I've communicated with Michael Bend of ABeCeDarian (SP approach) here in the US and Tom Burkard. Bend replied to me as follows: ...
by AngusM
Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Importance of sleep
Replies: 1
Views: 610

Importance of sleep

I thought the linked article might be of interest. Here's a quote: " Using newly developed technological and statistical tools, sleep scientists have recently been able to isolate and measure the impact of this single lost hour. Because children’s brains are a work-in-progress until the age of 21, a...
by AngusM
Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Steven Pinker interview
Replies: 3
Views: 1506

Steven Pinker interview

Another interview by Leonard Lopate at New York's public radio station - WNYC - which is, I think, the oldest radio station in the USA.

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2007/09/14
by AngusM
Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:58 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Maryanne Wolf interview
Replies: 1
Views: 1412

Maryanne Wolf interview

You might be interested in listening to this recent WNYC radio interview with Wolf - who has just published a book called Proust and the Squid:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episod ... gment86021
by AngusM
Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Fluency
Replies: 52
Views: 17468

Hi Rod: I found your web site very interesting (I'm about half way through it!). Your point about learning phonemes best in conjunction with related grapheme(s) is, of course, one of Diane McGuinness' major points. As you no doubt know, she discusses this in Chapter 1 of Language Development and Lea...
by AngusM
Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:11 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Open and closed syllables
Replies: 38
Views: 10044

It seems to me that these 'rules' just get in the way of the GPCs unless they are (what Jenny and Susan call) tricks - like: 1) learning the 'the four '-ceive' words and their relations (e.g. deceive/deceit) as a group' - or 2) a morphemic approach (used later - as Susan suggests): 'the -ceive words...
by AngusM
Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Open and closed syllables
Replies: 38
Views: 10044

I certainly like the idea of 'chunking' phonetically without too many rules. As long as the GP correspondences have been well taught, I find it hard to see why children will need to learn abstruse rules for spelling. I can see that simple tricks and advice (like 'i before e except after c) can help....
by AngusM
Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:21 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Open and closed syllables
Replies: 38
Views: 10044

Open and closed syllables

My child's school here is now beginning to teach syllable rules for spelling (I think they use the Wilson Method). There seem to be several different 'rules' for spelling syllables and they all seem unecessarily complicated! The syllable types are (I'm sure this is news to nobody): the closed, open,...