Banter Quick Tips: 7 inflectional morphemes to help beginners to read sentences!

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So English is a morpho-phonemic language, which means we need to teach more than letter-sound links and high frequency irregular sight words. To read sentences, beginners need to read inflectional morphemes

Morphemes are the smallest meaningful units in words. 

Inflectional morphemes change what words do grammatically but do not create new words.

Here are 7 inflectional morphemes that I teach students: 

For listening and talking, most students master all these morphemes by around 5 years of age. 

But many don’t, including many students with developmental language disorder and learning disorders.

We can help all students by teaching them these morphemes! 

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