Sunday, December 27, 2020

Orthographic Mapping – Kathryn and Jenifer conversation (Part 2)

The following are statements made by Jennifer Buckingham on the conversation between Kathryn Garforth and Jennifer Buckingham found here.

Blending the speech sounds is not easy for every child – to take those speech sounds and put them together so that they make a recognizable word.

GPC’s (Grapheme Phoneme correspondences) must be learned to a level of automaticity so that blending can happen.


My comment: Did either Dr.Kathryn Garforth or Jennifer Buckingham ever ask themselves why many kids are unable to blend speech sounds?

How do kids do blending if teachers teach sounds represented by letters with extraneous sounds? 

Listen to a dyslexia specialist teacher from Australia teaching the wrong pronunciation of phonemes between minutes 1.48 and 3.05 in the video here.

For the past 10 years I have maintained that this is the biggest problem for kids predisposed to shutting down. I have tried telling Jennifer and Kathryn Garforth this several times to no avail.

Many kids are unable to do blending and therefore end up unable to read because teachers are teaching the pronunciation of sounds represented by letters wrongly..

The following are a few of my blog posts on Jennifer Buckingham. I urge you to read at least the first post listed below.

To be continued….


Kathryn said...

Blending and segmenting words into their individual speech sounds is not something that is commonly done in everyday conversation. It is only typically done when you are trying to help with an individual's articulation of a word or when it comes to teaching individuals to read an alphabetic language.
When learning to speak, children play with the sounds of a language and not the individual phonemes. This is likely why some individuals teach phonics using extraneous sounds.
By definition, phonics instruction is teaching the relationship between phonemes and graphemes. Teacher education programs and subsequent professional development should focus on ensuring that teachers understand this. I have no control over this and can not be expected to single-handedly fix it. When I speak to educators about phonics and when I work with my own clients I make sure to be using phonemes and not adding extraneous sounds.

Luqman Michel said...

Of course we do not segment words in everyday conversation.

Of course you have no control and you cannot single handedly fix it just as I cannot.

You may not be using extraneous sounds to teach kids and teachers which is commendable.

My point is that too many teachers are teaching consonants with extraneous sounds and since you are broadcasting your YouTube videos mentioning this may help a few parents and teachers to understand one of the root causes of kids shutting down from learning to read.

I believe we can all learn from each other. We don't have to read only peer reviewed material. There is no harm in learning from someone who has the experience of having taught kids who are able to read in languages other than English and yet are unable to read in English.

I wish you well.