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The use of the eye dialect as a strategy to decode a words spelling is a technique people learn in childhood. eReflect reveals that this techniques is very popular with adults as well.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) February 24, 2014
People come across words that are difficult to spell all the time. Especially when a person is first starting out, learning how to spell English words can be a painstaking process filled with frustration and many attempts - and many failures. eReflect recognizes a very popular strategy that young spellers pick up by themselves, or are explicitly taught by their teachers and parents, which helps them figure out a words spelling. Whats notoriously difficult about the English language is the loose correspondence between a words sound and a words look or spelling. And while young spellers learning to spell new words might spell them incorrectly, for instance spelling "time" as "taim" because thats how the word sounds, eReflect argues that using a word's "spelling image" can in fact be a life-saving technique.
What this means is that even though native English speakers usually have no trouble picking up the correct pronunciation of a word, its pronunciation might be causing a bit of trouble. For this reason, children often use the "eye dialect," a practice in which a spellers spells out a words sound, and make their best guess about its correct spelling based on patterns of pronunciation. For instance, the consonant and vowel sounds in the word "school" can be represented by several different letter combinations, including "skool" and "skoul," which is how many children start out writing the word. With practice, the combination of previous spelling pattern knowledge and a childs phonetic awareness work hand in hand when it comes to spelling and helps spellers get words written right.
eReflect encourages parents and teachers of young spellers to help them develop a balanced knowledge of orthography by making sure the child is aware both of a words correct pronunciation and its corresponding written form. Spelling can be a source of great stress for young students, so having access to foolproof techniques and great practice resources can make all the difference as to how fast a child might learn to spell correctly.
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