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Katrina wrote:These are my observations regarding homophones:
They are easier if 1. the GPC is familiar
My prime criterion is that I would expect the child to have been taught every GPC in the test before they are exposed to it.
2. the word is part of the student's spoken vocabulary
That is not easy to ensure, since vocabularies vary so widely.
3. if the grapheme only represents one plausible phoneme
Also difficult, but the rarer words should be chosen only if they used the most frequent phoneme for each of their graphemes.
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Again, then, this probably raises the question of whether a homophone test will work well with relative beginners.
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