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Tuesday, January 30, 2007



Part Two is up:

A Structured Language Program.

A Structured Language Program to Address Reading Disabilities By Lisa Hannum

This is the second post from my colleague Lisa Hannum addressing the essential elements of Structured Language as the primary means of reading remediation, in contrast with Guided Reading which was discussed in the post from the previous day.

A structured language program teaches more than the sounds of the 26 letters of the alphabet. It teaches the concept of phonemes and graphemes. Phonemes are sounds in language. Graphemes are the letter or letter combinations that represent the sounds in words. For example, in the word cup there are three sounds, represented by three graphemes: /c/ /u/ /p/ (letters within / / refers to the sounds). In some words, there is a one-to-one relationship between sounds and letters. In other words, that relationship is not as simple. In the word chirp there are three sounds (/ch/ /ir/ /p/) These three sounds are represented by three graphemes, but five letters. Both letter and letter combinations can represent individual sounds. (Think of the complexity of a word like eight. There are only two sounds, /eigh/ /t/. The grapheme “eigh” is pronounced like the “a” in ape.)

It might be worthwhile for interested readers to print out these two posts and share them with their schools/teachers.

Barbara Rosemond

When you compare the Guided Reading with the Structured elements of Language to address reading disabilities. What criteria is used to decide on which method to use individually for each student?

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