So we need to teach beginners how to link letters to speech sounds.
Here are some tips:
- Start with the letter and sound at the start of a student’s name (but recognise that some younger students and students with speech sound disorders may struggle with some later developing sounds).
- Focus on lowercase letters. They’re 17 times more common than capital letters in print.
- Ditch the letter of the week. It’s way too slow. Introduce groups of letter sounds.
- Don’t teach commonly confused letters at the same time.
- Don’t teach easily confused sounds at the same time.
- Teach high frequency letter sound links first. When you introduce a new group of sounds, revise the previous ones at the same time.
- Use a tried and tested letter sound sequence. My favourite one at the moment is the Sounds-Right sequence.
If you find them useful, please let us know!
Hi there, I’m David Kinnane.
Principal Speech Pathologist, Banter Speech & Language
Our talented team of certified practising speech pathologists provide unhurried, personalised and evidence-based speech pathology care to children and adults in the Inner West of Sydney and beyond, both in our clinic and via telehealth.