Sunday, July 26, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020

My student from Kenya (Part 2)




My student in Kenya, could sound out the phonemes of all the letters accurately after a few days of coaching.

She sounded them out correctly on her third attempt. There were hardly any extraneous sounds to the consonants.

Monday, July 20, 2020

The 44 phonemes




This is a follow up of my previous post. I got the idea for this post from a debate I heard a few days ago where Jonathan Solity said that 10 single graphene phoneme correspondences represent 70% of words in children’s books.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Sounds represented by letters



                                                                      A as in ape.

I read the following tweet by ‘The Reading Ape’ as follows:

The Reading Ape @TheReadingApe

‘Decoding is the critical test of reading ability-To render aloud a pseudoword or to recognise a word never seen before in print as a specific word in one’s vocabulary cannot be accomplished by rote memory. These feats require knowledge of the alphabetic principle. Perfetti 2010
2:45 AM · Jul 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone


With the hope of a good discussion I twitted as follows:


Friday, July 17, 2020

My student in Kenya, Africa (Part 1)



On the 5.7.2020 I received a message on Facebook Messenger from a lady in Kenya, Africa which said the following:

Dear Luqman, I have been following your blogs and you seem to understand these children and able to help them. I have a 11 year old who is showing the signs of shut down in her writing. I would appreciate if you can help through Zoom. Kind Regards.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Katherine Billington vs Luqman Michel (Part 2)



This is a continuation of my messages with Katie on Twitter.

Katherine Wang

"There are regional differences in the pronunciation throughout the English diaspora of the phonemes and it does not impact the illiteracy rate."

Luqman Michel


Katherine, do you really think I don't know this? You have been hoodwinked into believing that it does not impact literacy. I ask you a direct question. Did you take time to listen to my 5 videos that takes only 15 minutes? Answer me yes/No?

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Katherine Billington vs Luqman Michel



I want to cut down on my posts and concentrate on teaching kids remotely. 


I am currently teaching a 11 year old kid in Kenya, Africa, to read and spell. I have not taught anyone on spelling but I am now reading on that and therefore busy.

Monday, July 13, 2020

The 5 E's Learning cycle



I saw a tweet by Dr. David Dzyngier this morning and decided to write this post.

 
The 5 e’s have been used for many years to teach science. I feel it is just as applicable to learning to read.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Ms. Lyn Stone A request



My blog posts are mainly on why kids are unable to read in English.


I believe, there are enough educators who are now convinced that many kids shut down/disengage from learning to read because of confusion as a result of teaching of pronunciation of phonemes wrongly.

As such, I have decided to write one or two posts per week unlike previously where I wrote one post per day.


Now, I have time to look at some of my tweets that have been rebutted by tweeters.

A post by Debbie Meyers and my comments




Here is a well written article by Debbie Meyer with a lot of thought provoking questions to which I believe I have the answers.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

An open letter to La Trobe University



Here are emails to and from La Trobe University which are self-explanatory. 

The response from the university is similar to responses I have received from NZ and OZ since 2010.

Do read my email and then read the response to my email.

How in the world are we ever going to eradicate illiteracy or improve our education if we have educators and universities responding in such a manner?

Monday, July 6, 2020

Tweets between Nathaniel Swain and me

 
There were 2 issues that have not been settled between Nathaniel and me. Our Twitter conversation is copy pasted below. I have added a third question and request Nathaniel to respond.

You can't teach old dogs new tricks (Final part)




This is a continuation of extracts from a post by Pamela Snow and my comments.


This blunderbuss approach no doubt explains why university lecturers grapple with the frustration of trying to teach first-year students who do not know the basics of how to construct a sentence, in spite of the fact that they have studied English for 13 years and have passed Year 12.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

You can't teach old dogs new tricks (Part 2 of 3)




This is a continuation of extracts from Pamela Snow's Blog post and my comments.

What WL (Whole Language) advocates do not appear to understand, however, is the important neurobiological difference between oral language and written language. Where humans have an evolutionary advantage for acquiring oral language, such that it is sometimes described as biologically “natural” or “primary” (see the work of David Geary), written language is recent in evolutionary terms, being only about 6000 years old, and is biologically “unnatural” or “secondary”.

My comment: This is an insult to the intelligence of the human race. This thing that reading is unnatural has been propagated for decades as the cause of kids being unable to read. 


The alphabet is an invention. Man invented the letters of the alphabet and when you invent something it isn’t natural. But, so are many other things that we learn like driving, flying a plane, rocket science etc.


We have millions of kids in Malaysia who can read fluently in English, Malay and Chinese.



There are thousands of kids in Malaysia who can read in many languages namely Malay, English, Arabic and Tamil. 



AND we have people like Pamela Snow who tell us that reading is not biologically natural and that is why many are unable to read and that too in just one language. How naive can one be to say something as stupid as that?



Pamela Snow is good at collating information from the internet without thinking if it is logical. 



There are many things that are biologically unnatural that humans have learned to do. However, many can’t read in English because the foundation of phonics is taught wrongly and not because it is unnatural.



If written language is natural, how do WL/BL advocates account for the high rates of low literacy in first-world, English-speaking nations?



My comment: What a ridiculous thing to say when the percentage of kids being unable to read have been about the same during WL/BL and phonics period.



The logical thing to do is to find out from kids themselves as to why they cannot read in English but are able to read in other languages. I have found that out and have explained it to these educators who are still groping in the dark.



I believe that most of these educators are affected by Backfire effect which you may read here.






Friday, July 3, 2020

You can’t teach old dogs new tricks (Part 1).




I read the blog post here by Prof. Pamela Snow on Twitter yesterday and here are a few extracts and my comments.

If by democracy the NCTE (National Council for Teacher Educations) means every child reads as poorly as the next one, they may be right, but that does not address the social justice imperative. The only way for reading instruction to exert force on social justice levers is for it to be fail-safe for the overwhelming majority of students.