Friday, October 30, 2020

Research on Teaching consonants without extraneous sounds

Dr. Kathryn Garforth has told me that she will respond to my questions after the busy month of October is over.

I usually write links to my tweets. This is because I type with 2 fingers which is very time consuming and because the links I suggest are related to what I am tweeting.

Many on Twitter rebut without reading the links and therefore it makes discussion a little less effective.


Here is a tweet by Dr.Kathryn Garforth stating that I do not have to refer her to my posts and that she knows the research.

Oct 17

You don't need to refer me to your posts. I know the research. Plus I have never said and will never say that all you need is PA for decoding. There is so much more, phonics, orthographic mapping, sight vocabulary, morphology, etymology, the student being willing to learn

Here is my response:

How do we ever learn if we refuse to see recommended posts? You said you know the research. Good. Tell me the research on whether one should or should not teach pronunciation of consonants with extraneous sounds.

Timothy Shanahan had said that there is no evidence to suggest that consonants should not be taught with extraneous sounds. What does research say, @GarforthEduc

My comments: My mantra for the past decade has been to teach the consonants without extraneous sounds. I believe if consonants are not taught with extraneous sounds, as they are now done in most schools, we can reduce the students leaving schools as illiterate.

The link I had asked Dr. Kathryn Garforth to read is the following which is related to our discussion.

Many keep saying that there are many other matters that also need to be taught like Morphology, etymology, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary etc. Don’t all these come after a child is able to decode? As such, the only question we need to concentrate on is the reason why kids disengage from learning to read. I am talking about kids who are unable to read even a single simple sentence.

So, I ask, Dr. Kathryn Garforth, again where are the research reports on whether we should or shouldn’t teach consonants with extraneous sounds.


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