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Fostering phonics skills at the S1 curriculum: a cure for an ‘ oral reading phobia ’ ?. Language Learning Support Section/ Education Bureau 10 Nov 2007. An overview. What is a ‘-phobia’? What are the symptoms of an ‘oral reading’ phobia?
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Fostering phonics skills at the S1 curriculum: a cure for an ‘oral reading phobia’? Language Learning Support Section/ Education Bureau 10 Nov 2007
An overview • What is a ‘-phobia’? • What are the symptoms of an ‘oral reading’ phobia? • Can phobia be cured, and can ‘oral reading’ be cured? • A school speaking plan for sharing
FEAR!! Selachophobia Logizomechanophobia Ranidaphobia
What are the symptoms of an ‘oral reading’ phobia? Peter, can you read this to me? Hmm, …erh…
Oral reading phobia- a mix of all these? Logophobia Lalophobia Fear of speaking Fear of words. Verbophobia Phronemophobia Fear of thinking
Symptom 1 • "Most Hong Kong students are afraid of speaking English. " • "They lack self-confidence andthey think everything coming out of their mouths will be wrong." • (Pauline Chow Lo-sai, chairman of the Women Teachers' Organisation. In Ng Kang-chung (2007). Students are avoiding English outside class South China Morning Post on Sep 11, 2007)
Symptom 2 • Students in half of the schools lacked proficiency and confidence in expressing themselves in English. • They were not accustomed to communicating in English andwere only able to use phrases and single words to answer questions. (QAD/EDB Inspection Annual Report 2005/06, pp.21-22.)
Symptom 3 • The students were standing up with the book opened. They read each word softly and slowly, and paused at any words which they were not sure. They never tried to take risks at saying the words. Maybe they knew that the teacher would give help and tell them how to read the words before long. (In a personal conversation between a teacher and an LLSS officer)
Can phobia be cured, and can ‘oral reading’ be cured? • When one feels threatened, one tends to feel an imminent need to defend oneself or flee: "Fight or flight " phonics www.chesskids.com
gain Rimes and onsets: • Rimes • ack, ag, ail, ain, ake, ale, ame, amp, an, ank, ap, ash, at, ate, ay, eat, ell, en, est, ick, ide, ill, in, ine, ing, ink, ip, it, ock, oke, op, ot, uck, ug, ump, and unk. • Onsets: b, c, d, g, h, j, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, ch, sh, and wh.
What can students do if they master phonics knowledge? • They can say a word if you move the initial phonemefrom it : • Mask ask
They can say words by substituting new phonemes for the original ones. • quack quick • Pat> pet> pit> pot> put • Ben> beg> bet> bed
What else can they do?Students may be able to experiment with the pronunciation of multi-syllabic words fertilization atmosphere democracy
Phonics>> word formationStudents may be able to decode the meaning of this word when they try to analyze the affixes which encode lexical meaning anti-disetsablishmentarianism (against opposing an established order)
A school project plan for sharing Click here
The school plan: special features • 1. It captures the development of speaking competency of one cohort of students spanning 2 school years • 2. It has a systematic procedure of fostering speaking competency of students: accuracy >>>> fluency of speech.
A school plan: special features • It requires good coordination of work of teachers, including NET and LETs on providing content materials to be used at each stage. • It requires strategic planning to arrange relevant inter-class and school events for consolidation of knowledge of phonics, and other speaking skills.
Special thanks to PO LEUNG KUK TONG NAI KAN COLLEGE