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How is spoken language linked to reading?

Child Hears and learns Phonemes

Lets review: Language acquisition is a natural process which is both genetic and environmental.  At birth infants are able to imitate all the sounds of language, unfortunately as they learn their countries particular language they begin to lose some of those sounds.  If a child is  unable to distinguish phonemes they will have difficulty in processing words.  It is crucial to expose to a variety of literature from infancy.

Learning words and morphemes

As children begin to speak they converse both on a simple and complex level.   Songs and rhymes benefit learning process. Processing disorders or brain damage may impede learning words.  Vocabulary is gained quickly from 18 months on.  Visual aides and manipulatives facilitate learning of new concepts.

I have seen how processing disorders delay language acquisition first hand.  At the age of two I remember being so proud…

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Questions and Answers IELTS

23.02.14. Part 2 Speaking - Model answer

Here is a model answer for this commonly asked IELTS Speaking Part 2 question:

Describe an intelligent person you know:

You should say:

-who this person is

-when and where you first met them

-what you usually talk about

-say why you think this person is intelligent

  • I’m going to talk about my father. I’ve known him all my life, so I can’t really say when or where we first met. In point of fact, he didn’t feature heavily in my early childhood; he worked away a lot so I rarely saw him. Now he’s approaching retirement I see him much more.
  • My father and I share a passion for computer science and football so we regularly talk about both of those things. My father is not a computer scientist exactly, but he advises the Thai government on which new technologies to develop here in Thailand and which should be…

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Talking about the weather…

My TEFL Adventures

Us Brits are known for taking about the weather – ALL THE TIME! Myself included! However; the weather here in the UK is horrid! Just look below:


Towcester (pronounced as toaster) is where I am currently in. I am soggy and my hair is all curly! Not a nice curly; a horrible “not a wave, not a full curl” curls!

However; in China here is what it is like in Shanghai:


Not much better though; but it is in the middle of the night there! I would be asleep (or being merry withy colleagues) in my apartment. Stargazing is something I would be interested in; I wonder if the stars look the same in China as they do here in the UK?!

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Read. Know. Learn. Go.

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howjsay is a free online pronunciation dictionary. Type in a word and it will give you the English pronunciation, in both British and American English. Try typing “advertisement” to see how it’s done.

There is also an app, but it costs ¥300 (iOS) and ¥257 (Android), as of today.


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