Alphabet Headaches

Literacy challenges for non-alphabetic English learners



1. About Reading


Children of the Code

http://www.childrenofthecode.org/

- an enormous website, full of videos and interviews with leading reading researchers


Omniglot

http://www.omniglot.com/

- an online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages

- an absolutely fascinating website

- how dare we just assume that our romanised, alphabetic writing system is already established in all of our learners' skill-sets, when so many may have learned a completely different script based on completely different foundations


Reading Rockets

http://www.readingrockets.org/

- a huge website with a lot of research-based information, teaching suggestions and videos about the reading process


THRASS

Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills

Australian website:

http://www.thrass.com.au/

UK website:

http://www.thrass.co.uk/

- a flexible, 44-sound-based approach to teaching phonological skills to all ages

- their wall-charts resemble the 'periodic table of the elements' and are a useful addition to any classroom

- all 44 sounds are there, somewhere, and just knowing this can be reassuring for many students


Phonics International

Loads of useful charts and teaching advice from the UK's Debbie Hepplewhite:

http://www.phonicsinternational.com/

http://www.alphabeticcodecharts.com/free_charts.html


Phonics Blitz

- a highly commercial, US-based programme

- way too expensive, but their free downloads and videos are very informative

http://www.reallygreatreading.com/


More resources for working with sounds

3,800 minimal pairs – used by speech therapists:

http://www.home-speech-home.com/minimal-pairs.html

Two huge charts of minimal pairs, contrasting every sound against every other:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/wordscape/wordlist/minimal.html

A chart of 200+ rimes:

http://www.mrsjudyaraujo.com/rimes-for-decoding-and-spelling/

Excellent lists of sounds in all positions in words:

http://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-therapy-word-lists.html

Word solver/searcher – find words containing certain letter combinations:

http://www.morewords.com/



2. About the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Pauline's Cocos interview on SBS TV:

- my interview on "Dateline" in 2012 regarding language rights on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/about/id/601512/n/The-Cocos-Malaise