Sunday, January 23, 2022

Does poor access to the phonemes make reading alphabetic languages difficult? (Dr.David Kilpatrick)

                                                        OR IS IT SOMETHING  ELSE?

Here is a YouTube video by Dr. David Kilpatrick and my comments.


Dr. Kilpatrick:


At minute 2.08 it says: Poor access to the phonemes makes reading alphabetic languages very difficult.

At minute 2.47 it says: The ability of identifying unfamiliar words by sounding them out.


My comment:


The same thing is repeated by all these educators and has been repeated for decades. How in the world do kids sound out words when teachers teach them consonant sounds with extraneous sounds? Read my post here on what Dr. David Kilpatrick said in his book.


For goodness sake, pick any kid who is unable to read and ask him to sound out the sounds represented by letters and he will sound them out with extraneous sounds. How in the world is a kid expected to blend letters taught as kuh/ah/tuh/ to sound out cat? Listen to my video on extraneous sounds. LINK.




At 4.23 it says: All skilled readers have phonics knowledge.


My comment:


Where did he get this notion from? Millions of kids around the world have learned to read by learning implicitly after struggling for months/years and figuring out how to read using patterns and analogies. If not for this innate ability to figure out to learn to read, a majority of kids around the world will be functional illiterates and not just the 20%.


Dr. Kilpatrick:


At 4.25 minutes it says: Show me a skilled reader from 3rd grade on who can’t sound out simple nonsense words.


My comment:


Most adults readers will be able to read nonsense words just as well as the two university students who read nonsense words from Dr. Kilpatrick’s book. The BIG QUESTION is whether they know the correct sounds represented by the letters. They don’t!


The next question to ask is how they are able to read the nonsense words despite pronouncing the phonemes wrongly. The answer is that they figured out how to read by patterns and analogy. The mind is capable of learning implicitly. 


You may listen to the two videos of the university students in my post on phonemic awareness and how children learn to read. LINK.


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