Speaking proper: does it matter if we can’t pronounce mispronunciation?

I love this article from Steven Poole in the Guardian this week, about our crazy pronunciation of some words.  Take a look here.

A few weeks ago I was going past Reading on the M4 to do a school event.  Ironically the place Reading is pronounced Red-ing.  So how do our children stand a chance to read when we can’t even get the pronunciation of reading right.

Many of the challenges our children face are in English is around the actual language.  I am told that less than 50% of the words in english are spelt the way they are pronounced phonetically.  At Empowering Learning we teach people how to use their mental imagery for words they have seen before and use phonics for totally new words.  A great combination.  See www.empoweringlearning.co.uk for more information. We are not teaching content we are teaching people to understand how they learn most effectively.

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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