How the Practice Reading & Speaking Course Works
Learn how the Practice Reading and Speaking course works. It is the perfect phonics program to test current phonic knowledge and teach the facts about phonics. Discover precisely which graphemes (spellings of sounds) are not yet known. Teach kids and adults of any nationality how to understand English reading and pronunciation. Practice Reading and Speaking uses natural British English pronunciation to teach phonics.
This 70 Module eBook Course will take your student through from a non-reader to an adult reading age. Practice over 1,000 different sound to spelling relationships. After completing the Practice Reading and Speaking course, your students will have a comprehensive knowledge of phonics. It will leave them in no doubt as to how to blend and segment the sounds in any word, regardless of whether it is considered to be phonically regular or irregular.
‘Practice Reading and Speaking’ will enable teachers to answer the difficult questions that their pupils ask about phonics. Surprisingly, every word in English can be decoded. Irregular words too. You can fill every gap in your pupils’ knowledge and understanding of phonics with this course. A free preview of this course is available here.
Detailed tests are included for before and after teaching. Practice Reading and Speaking can be used as a stand-alone phonics course, as a classroom phonics program and phonic dictionary for giving extra practice when listening to pupils read. It will help both teachers and students to notice the finer details of English pronunciation. Practice Reading and Speaking is also the perfect phonics course for home-schooling, as the facts about phonics are uncluttered and to the point.
The thorough knowledge of phonics gained through ‘Practice Reading and Speaking’, will allow you to teach phonics clearly, precisely and effortlessly. This is a complete phonics program covering the whole of the English language, not just the basics. It contains 178 pages. Included are teaching notes, teaching ideas for lessons, suggestions for games and basic English facts. In just seventy Modules or pages, the Practice Reading and Speaking phonics program trains any child or adult to perfect their skills in how to sound out words and segment them. They will also learn how to write well, spell, read and pronounce every word in fluent British English. By the end of the Practice Reading and Speaking phonics course, the student should have an adult reading and spelling age as well as being fluent in British English Pronunciation.
Practice Reading and Speaking works as a unique accelerated English pronunciation course for students whose first language is not English. Practice Reading and Speaking contains hints and tips on British English pronunciation as the phonics course progresses. You may have been teaching phonics for years but never taught it from the angle of pronunciation for EFL/ESL students. Why not enhance your perception of how a British accent works?
How to Teach Phonics using the Practice Reading & Speaking Phonics Course & PRS Phonic Stories
- Set the pronunciation assessment in Practice Reading and Speaking. It contains twenty one words. These twenty-one words contain all of the sounds/phonemes heard in spoken English. Ask the pupil to be your echo as you say them. If they are unable to pronounce a sound correctly, use Module 2 to explain pronunciation in more detail. Help the student practice saying the sound.
- Next, administer the General Phoneme Assessment found in the teaching notes (it gives a snapshot of the entire course). The results of this test will tell you where in the course your student should begin. Tell your student that you’re going to look at a few words, to see if they can recognise any of them. Tell them to look slowly from the top left and say out loud the words that they know. Once you have a general idea of your pupil’s level of understanding of phonics, do the next more refined test.
- Now narrow it down to the exact Module in the course that is the appropriate starting point for your student. This test will contain more words at their current level. Tell them we are almost there. What we need to do now is find out which module will benefit them most as a starting point. If you are still unsure of whether you have fixed the correct module for them, ask them to read the story in ‘PRS Phonic Stories for Adults’ that relates to the previous module.
- Check the student’s ability to say and write the letters of the alphabet.
- Before beginning, give your pupil a brief overview of the facts about reading. Give them a copy of the progress chart. Teach them how to monitor their own progress. (You will be able to print pages for your students.)
- Begin teaching the module by pointing to the colour and image at the top of the page. Ask the pupil to close their eyes and visualise the colour and the image and say aloud the name of the image and the sound that it represents.
- The pupil should now begin to read the words in the word list. If the pupil struggles reading a word, use the segment focus on page 148 (count the sounds) to show visually how to separate the sounds in the word. If the pupil is still struggling use another of the segment focus exercises (Pages 148-151) to help them become analytical about either a single word or in comparison with a word that they can read.
- Before the pupil begins to get tired, take over by explaining the highlighted words on the page. (Words that sound the same but have a different spelling or they have the same spelling but different meanings.)
- Next, check the student’s ability to read the high frequency words that relate to the module in the Memorise Key Words list on page 74.
- After teaching a module, set the same test that you set before the lesson, to perceive whether the student can now read more words than they could before.
- Set the Challenge at the bottom of the page.
- Set homework (perhaps a printed copy of the the lesson they have just covered). Then, Praise, praise, praise.
Steps 3 and 6-12 should be done every lesson. Set the Module Reading Test before and after teaching. At the beginning of the next lesson, ask the student to read the story in ‘PRS Phonic Stories for adults’ that relates to their last lesson. Before teaching the next module, point to random words in the last module taught and check that the student has grasped your last lesson.
Teach syllable division methods at the appropriate module. (Check the Syllable Division overview on page 88) Simple explanations, directly from the teaching notes, can be used directly with your students. Teach spellings rules at the correct module. The right time to teach them is listed in pages 116-118.
The Practice Reading and Speaking phonics program begins by teaching the alphabet sounds and ends when the pupil has gained an adult reading age and can read multi-syllable words fluently. By the end of the Practice Reading and Speaking course pupils should be able to read and pronounce any English text fluently and confidently.
Practice Reading and Speaking for Dyslexia Therapists
If you are a dyslexia therapist, you will be delighted with the precision, detail and interesting vocabulary that the Practice Reading and Speaking program contains. It was written to enhance the vocabulary of the pupil. Yes, there are a few non-traditional changes but these are for the purpose of enhancing learning confidence in your students. They simplify the teaching of phonics. For example: You will no longer have to tell your pupil to just accept the spelling as irregular. Every word is explained in terms of sound and spelling. (If you can say it, it has sounds. If you can write it, the sounds can be separated.) The student is unique, sometimes names are unique, we would never dismiss a name as being too hard to learn. Every unique spelling has its proper place in the Practice Reading and Speaking phonics course. This phonics program has been written to make phonics more logical to the student. No more puzzled faces. Wait till you see how silent ‘h’ words like ‘when’ are taught! When something is logical and not abstract it’s easier to learn.
Practice Reading and Speaking – Contents
The student will learn how to separate and combine sounds with ease and perfect precision, with the Practice Reading and Speaking phonics program. Colour, images and memory techniques aid retention. Pupils learn to notice words which sound the same but have different spellings or how some words have more than one meaning. How to make an educated guess when they can’t read a word, has also been included by means of the reading prompt bookmark. How to write the letters of the alphabet has been included for nationalities whose writing has a different alphabet in their home country.
Practice Reading and Speaking includes basic spelling rules. To improve your spelling, it’s necessary to learn the common spelling rules as well as learn to see the phonetic patterns in words. Learning to write words at the same time as learning to read them, will help improve spelling. Could it be that spelling age is commonly about one year behind reading age because less importance is placed on spelling, when first learning to read? Practice Reading and Speaking allows the pupil to enhance both reading and spelling at the same time. The spelling rules that need teaching, have been organised according to the Module that the concept is first found in. This enables the spelling rule to be taught at the same time that the pupil is learning to read the grapheme. Practice Reading and Speaking, also gives syllable division tips module by module, so that pupils can learn how to separate the syllables in words. This allows for greater efficiency in segmenting and sounding out words.
Helpful advice on the different ways that we structure sentences in English is also given. Practice Reading and Speaking, helps your pupil learn how to search read, scan read and increase reading comprehension. They will learn how to write for different reasons. They will be taught how to improve and refine their creative writing. Proofreading tips can be found in the guide to basic English. Practice Reading and Speaking includes pronunciation tips to support the learning of phonics for those whose first language is not English. This extra precision with phonics, takes the teaching of phonics to a higher level. Phonemes-graphemes are ordered by level of difficulty, sound then spelling. Practice Reading and Speaking even includes useful tips on public speaking. As an English Literacy guide for all ages, it’s probably the most useful book that you will ever buy. To see the list of contents in Practice Reading and Speaking check out the free preview at the bottom of the page.
Practice Reading and Speaking for Teachers
- Teach phonics clearly and effortlessly
- Learn which phonemes/graphemes your pupil has learned so far.
- Test before and after teaching
- Ideas for lessons and reading games
- Ideas for writing & boosting vocabulary
- Teachpupils how to grade their own creative writing
- Track reading progress as the pupil moves through the school
- Teach reading to adult fluency levels
- Use Practice Reading and Speaking for giving individually tutored phonic tuition.
Practice Reading and Speaking for Parents
- Boost your child’s reading, comprehension, vocabulary spelling and writing
- Motivate your child to want to read
- Give your pre-school child the perfect head start with reading
- Teach your child how to read Medical words, Science words or Bible names
- Learn how to teach phonics to a high standard
- Give additional help to a child with a learning disability/dyslexia
- Help your child pass English entrance exams with the basic English guide
- Practice Reading and Speaking is the perfect book for home-schooling in reading, writing and basic English
Practice Reading and Speaking – English as a Second Language
- Learn a natural British English accent
- Learn how to spell English words
- Improve your spoken and written English for work
- Expand your vocabulary Improve your job prospects
- Be understood more clearly
Practice Reading and Speaking English for Work
- Fill in the gaps in your knowledge of spelling and punctuation
- Refine your spoken English
- Improve your written English skills for work
- Essential tips on public speaking
- Improve your English sentence structure and report writing
- Learn to proofread for mistakes in writing
Practice Reading and Speaking is a comprehensive guide to the teaching of reading and Phonics. It is also an innovative English pronunciation course. By learning English pronunciation through the separation of the individual sounds heard in English, it shortens the time taken to learn how to pronounce English words perfectly.
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