Somehow NONSENSE makes a lot of sense to most of the people around the world.
Let us look at the absurdity of the following statements by the two ‘educators’.
‘A’ stands for apple but changes a little bit depending on the letters before it or after it. So, it doesn’t sound exactly the same. The idea of a phoneme is a construct that is not true. (Dr. Kathryn Garforth)
It’s a simplification to think about phonemes as having a single sound, however our brains are able to cope with that slight variability in that co-articulation that happens according to the consonant or vowel that’s on the other side. (Jennifer Buckingham)
My comment: How absurd can these educators get! I had given Kathryn and Jennifer the link to my YouTube video which gives a list of different sounds represented by the vowels. I have also said that even the consonants represent different sounds. Kathryn had said on Twitter that she will not read my posts unless I pay her. She does not read my blog posts because my posts are not peer reviewed, she said.
It is now obvious that Kathryn had avoided the question by Jedlie on his RWYK podcast because she did not know the response to his following question:
"We teach that ‘c’ is for cat and
‘a’ is for apple. We are not letting them know early enough that ‘a’ is for
apple most of the time but there are other times when ‘a’ makes (represents) a
different sound. When should we introduce that idea to the kids?"
You may read more of the podcast at https://www.dyslexiafriend.com/2020/11/my-response-to-jedlies-question-on-rwyk.html
I had tagged Kathryn when I posted my blog post and if she had read it she will not be spitting into the sky (a Malay proverb) like she has now.
I had mentioned in my blog as well as in my YouTube channel the fact that kids, predisposed to shutting down, disengage when they are not told that letters represent more than one sound.
It is very disappointing to note that trained and experienced teachers are unaware of this fact as pointed out by me in my post at https://www.dyslexiafriend.com/2020/12/twitter-and-reading-wars.html
Is it any wonder why the reading wars have been going on for decades?
‘A’ stands for apple but changes a little bit depending on the letters before it or after it. (Kathryn)
… our brains are able to cope with that slight variability in that co-articulation that happens according to the consonant or vowel that’s on the other side. (Jennifer Buckingham)
I simply cannot understand how such words can be uttered by PhD holders. Someone please tell me how the sound changes a little bit depending on the letters before or after it. Please tell me what ‘slight variability in that co-articulation that happens according to the consonant or vowel that’s on the other side’, in the following words.
A as in able, alien, angel
A as in axe, accent, apple
A as in agree, ahead, allow
A as in art, arctic, arc
A as in all, always, awe
There are no letters ‘before’ the letter ‘a’ in the above words (‘the sounds change a little bit depending on the letters before it – Kathryn - does not apply).
There are 3 words, in the above list of words,with the letter ‘l’ after the letter ‘a’; alien, allow, all. The letter ‘a’ in all 3 words represent a different sound.
As such I hope either Dr. Kathryn Garforth or Jennifer Buckingham will expand on their statements above.