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I'm teaching the alphabet with my 9-year-old students. I've tried different ways: the typical alphabet song, which they memorize it by heart but later, when doing a word dictation, they have to recall all the alphabet letter by letter to remember how a letter sounds.
The other way is to associate the sound to a vowel or other letter, for example:
A= h,j,k
E= b,c,d,g,p,t...
I= y
O
U= q,w
and the rest f,l,m,n,s...
but neither of the two ways of teaching convice me.
Do you know another tecnique of teaching the alphabet that really works?

Thanks in advance.
Ana
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Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:40 am
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This is not a good technique if you see the language as something with rules, but in this one school I saw the teachers writing the sounds with letters with the alphabet of the children’s L1. It is something like for an example : A = / ei / It is similar with the phonetic signs which can be found in dictionaries, but without the difficult signs. I use the alpha steps to teach them the alphabet.

http://kizclub.com/activities/alphabetstep.pdf

and the clothes line

http://kizclub.com/activities/clothesline.pdf

I print these on papers in different colors and first they jump on the aplhasteps by saying the letters in the right order, than backwards and sometimes I just mix them around the classroom.

Hope this helps

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Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:08 am
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I'll try your technique. It sounds good.
Thanks.


Fri Sep 25, 2009 4:42 am
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For writing you could try

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/p ... c-book.pdf

I find this very usefull. After learning the whole alphabet I organize spell contests, and the children are inspired to learn, so they can win. :D

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Fri Sep 25, 2009 5:14 am
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Make picture cards for each letter, using words they know already.

So, for example, A for Apple; B for Bus; C for Chair etc etc

Put these around the class. Make sure each student recognises them and can say them.

In the future, when they see a letter, they'll be able to connect it to a picture, and then remember that such-and-such a letter stands for this picture. For example, they see the letter C and can't pronounce it, but then they remember the picture of the chair, and then remember the phrase you taught them before (C is for chair), and then a light goes on in their head and they can pronounce the letter. Eventually, this will become instinctive and they will say the letters easily. A couple, like X and Q might take a bit longer to stick.

The point is, I believe, is that we shouldn't teach the alphabet until students have a good range of vocabulary. It's a lot easier to teach if we can relate it to words they already know.

Good luck

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I usually find its more effective for the students to be familiar with the actual sound of the letters (phonics) than the names of the letters. YMMV


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thanks to everyone for giving me such ideas.


Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:17 am
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I have made an audio phonics program that may be helpful. You can download the easy phonics songs for free:

http://www.dreamenglish.com/phonics

I hope this helps!

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Hi ..I find those sites very useful..when I teach my pps the alphabet ..first they just memorized the sounds without making difference between I- A- O- U- Y- E- ..specially because their second language is French so they mix between I- E- A...but when we learn a new word we play the spelling game ..now they can spell any word ..

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I cant remember where i found it, maybe dream english or super simple songs. But there is a song which goes--- A is a a Apple B is ba ba bear bear

I forget, is that how it goes, haha!

Anyway, I use it with 4-6 year olds, and just from that song and flashcards, they can recognise the letters and read so I recomment that song if you can find it at one of those places


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