Since its publication in 1993, "The Sounds and Spelling Patterns of English" has been used as a textbook for teacher education courses in colleges and universities in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Written by a researcher who has been teaching children in elementary classrooms and clinics for more than 25 years, this book continues to be up-to-date and highly relevant to the return to phonics-based reading instruction in today's schools.
"Which word families should my students be able to read by now?"
"I am home-schooling my children; what reading skills should they learn?"
"Why does 'happening' have one n before the 'ing', when 'beginning' has two?"
Written in response to these and many, many other questions from practicing teachers, concerned parents, and college students, this book presents an overview of the structure of written words that shows readers how the sounds of English are paired with their spelling patterns. It delineates, carefully and clearly, the task of decoding written English, providing the conceptual background necessary for informed discussions about how best to help students learn the phonics skills.
"The Sounds and Spelling Patterns of English" is for anyone who is or will be involved in teaching someone to read words. It can be used as
-- a primary text in courses that focus on various methods for teaching reading-decoding and spelling;
-- a supplementary text in virtually any course about reading skills;
-- a reference for teachers whose students need help with learning sounds and letter patterns;
-- a resource book for parents who are home-schooling their children;
-- an informative guide for anyone who is actively involved in someone else's reading instruction.