Just Playing with Words

The words <plays, played, player, playing, playful> are composed of bases and suffixes: <-s, -ed, -er, -ing, -ful> are suffixes. <Playmate, playlist, playground, play-date> are compound words  composed of two bases. Worried about students not having strong or rich vocabulary?Understanding and using morphology – bases and affixes – can provide the answer you need to... Continue Reading →

From act to action

Morphological analyses and vocabulary development inter  +  act  --> interact inter  +  act  +  s  -->   interacts inter  +  act  +  ed  -->   interacted inter  +  act   +  ing  -->  interacting inter  +  act  +  ion  -->  interaction pro + act  +  ive  -->  proactive en  +  act  --> enact en  + act ... Continue Reading →

Learning from ‘please’

Word sums of the base<please> please + es  -->  pleases please + ed -->  pleased please + ing  --> pleasing please + er  -->  pleaser please + ure  --> pleasure please + ant  --> pleasant dis + please  -->  displease dis + please + es  --> displeases dis + please + ed  --> displeased dis... Continue Reading →

Making Sense of ‘t’ in English

English spelling and reading can sometimes present challenges due to some of the complexities of the grapheme-phoneme correspondences.  Several graphemes (spelling units) represent more than one pronunciation and a single pronunciation can be written using different graphemes.  However, the complexities of the grapheme-phoneme correspondences provide us with valuable information about words. How a word is... Continue Reading →

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