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    Accent Modification: A Case for Moving From Cute to Stunning

    Speak to me only with thine eyes and I will hear every word you say. Unique in a mix of sounds and intonation, an accent can be an aural delight to the listener. Often he or she will stare at the speaker quizzically, and in some cases smile and even comment with something such as, "What an interesting accent you have!" What is really going on in that exchange considering the speaker and listener have their own unique accents? Every person has a specific speech pattern

    Phonics and Whole Language - A Debate?

    I am always bemused that the phonics versus whole language debate is, well, a debate. Education systems swing back and forth between the two, much to the annoyance of many educators and the detriment of children. First I will give you an overview (admittedly simplified) of each approach.

    Accent Reduction - Why is English So Hard For Arabic Speakers?

    Because Arabic is a Semitic language, it differs significantly from English, which has a European language base. Native Arabic speakers may have a particularly difficult time with the aspects of English which do not exist in Arabic.

    Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Lesson Plans

    Major research studies have shown the benefits of systematic, explicit phonics instruction in early grades (Adams, 1990; Beck & Juel, 1995; Chall, 1996; Chall & Popp, 1996) Consider using the following phonological and phonemic awareness activities either in a one-on-one framework or in whole class instruction.

    Parents Disappointed with Phonics Find Alternative

    Phonics is a method of teaching a child to read by learning the sounds of each letter and sounding them out to form words. The method has been widely adopted in the United States for decades to teach beginning readers.

    Why Sight Words Don\\\'t Work

    I recently got a long, anguished letter from a couple with a five-year-old in kindergarten. The school’s curriculum was built around learning 76 Sight Words. The child was not making progress; the parents were miserable. They had decided they must homeschool their child. The couple said ...