Real Spellers

English Makes Sense!

Hello all,

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Here's where the story comes from...

A little while ago I received an email from Gail Venable who was beaming about a story she had heard from tutor who was working with OG and starting to study SWI. She connected me with Stephanie who was happy to share her story.  

It was about a student who had been tutored for some time but was clearly in a crisis of not being able to read. After one particularly dispiriting session, Stephanie decides to begin the next session by looking at a family of related words with a matrix, word sums and IPA to analyze the grapheme-phoneme correspondneces.

The result was transformative for both the student and the tutor. 

Stephanie's story is the key. I have added some commentary on the last page.

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This story is another shining example of the beauty that can arise from taking just a few steps toward understanding. Stephanie wanted to learn more about IPA, and in turn she began to learn some things about the writing system. She saw a struggle happening with her student and sensed that making a change in format would be the best way to go. And voila! Even though she still had questions, she transformed a child's perception of language in one session. This is a true gift. This story illustrates exactly why I love this work so much!

Rebecca L
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Thanks for this inspiring story, Stephanie. And thanks to you for your helpful comments, Pete, and for posting this on a publicly accessible site where we'll be able to send people to read it. Many, many people.

Gail Venable
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