English Orthography Favors the Eyes!

"The English spelling system is highly ordered, elegantly consistent, and coherently predictable." Real Spelling "The English writing system has a great deal to recommend it." Carol Chomski, 1970 If you are like most people, you are probably shaking your head in protest to the above statements. You probably believe that the opposite is true; especially... Continue Reading →

What is spelling?

What is spelling? Does this seem like a strange question to ask? Maybe "Yes", or maybe "Not".  According to a prominent researcher, "Spelling is a linguistic task that requires knowledge of sounds and letter patterns".  Before I comment on the above quotation, I want to quote another expert's definition of reading. "Reading is a process of... Continue Reading →

What is orthography?

Many research studies on literacy indicate that students who achieve high standards on text comprehension tasks also achieve high scores on vocabulary, morphology (units of meaning), phonology (pronunciation), syntax (grammar), and orthography.  In short, good readers (those who consistently understand what they read) have a good grasp on different aspects of language.  Many people know... Continue Reading →

What is reading?

Two of my favorite quotes: Reading – an extraordinary ability, peculiarly human and yet distinctly unnatural, acquired in childhood, forms an intrinsic part of our existence as human beings, and is taken for granted by most of us.  Sally Shaywitz, 2003 Reading is a process of reconstructing sense from text written in a language that... Continue Reading →

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