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A Linguistic Approach to the Application and Teaching of the English Alphabet
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A Linguistic Approach to the Application and Teaching of the English Alphabet (Hardback)

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The book approaches the nature of the alphabet and its teaching as a universal concept as well as a language-specific one. With focus on the teaching of the English alphabet, the book calls for a departure from the traditional phonics approach simply because of its failure to objectively and accurately handle the alphabet as a linguistic system and an important tool of oracy and literacy. Typically, phonics fails to recognize all the functionally relevant identities of the alphabet, and it seriously confuses between and among those identities in a manner that renders the teaching of language skills and sub-skills - listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, etc - highly unreliable and even erroneous. The alternative approach recommended here scrutinizes the nature of the alphabet and comes up with four different linguistic identities: phoneme, grapheme, nomeneme, and sequeme. Each is objectively reexamined and redefined so as to identify where and how each identity should be recognized and applied. This radical distinction implies the institution of different methodologies and strategies to teach them.

Additionally, the book emphasizes the significant differences in the teaching of the alphabet in the context of different languages, especially in the linguistically and culturally diverse learning situations encountered in ESL, bilingual and foreign language classes. Finally, the overall approach, methodology and the techniques recommended for the teaching of the alphabet as a linguistic system is solidly embedded in the most recent findings in the field of education, linguistics, cognitive and developmental psychology, including the Multiple Intelligences Theory.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLinguistics Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd Publication Date: 09/02/2004 ISBN-13: 9780773466630  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Edward Y. Odisho was brought up in Iraq as a multilingual with Aramaic alphabet being his native script. He received his doctorate in phonetic sciences from Leeds University, England. He taught linguistics for over three decades in different universities in Iraq, England and the United States, coupled with numerous publications in the form of books and research papers. Presently, he is a US citizen, and a professor of bilingual/bicultural education at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

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