Beyond phonics: Integrated decoding and spelling instruction based on word origin and structure

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In this paper, the relevance of word structure knowledge to decoding and spelling instruction is discussed. An explicit, discussion oriented, direct approach to teaching decoding and spelling based on word origin and structure results in improved reading and spelling. This instruction leads students to a comparison and contrast of letter-sound correspondences, syllable patterns, and morpheme patterns in English words of Anglo-Saxon, Romance, and Greek origin.

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Henry, M.K. Beyond phonics: Integrated decoding and spelling instruction based on word origin and structure. Annals of Dyslexia 38, 258–275 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02648260

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Keywords

  • Compound Word
  • Short Vowel
  • Word Origin
  • Word Structure
  • Unfamiliar Word