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Cooperative learning:

Effective language instruction is of utmost important.

One effective strategy  gives teachers the tools they need to aid students in becoming more proficient in the language by having them connect language instruction to content instruction. It is to use language objectives in instruction. In my own classroom, I used language objectives in every lesson and it helped the students learn the language. One important part of the is to link student’s background knowledge to the content that is going to be taught. One way you could do this is to use a KWL (Know, Want to Know, and Learned) chart; this activates what they already know and you can make connections for them. Word walls – words displayed on a wall with pictures; are another great tool to use because you can emphasize key vocabulary that will be used in the classroom. The strategy that I used many times in my classroom was called Cooperative Learning. Using  Cooperative Learning or engagement strategies such as think/pair share, round robin, and number heads together are effective ways for students to work in teams while using the language. An important strategy to always utilize every lesson in your  classroom is to use visuals; it was one I had made a priority, and I could see that students were listening, reading, writing, and talking in every lesson.

Decoding of English Language

English words are produced using a combination of 44 individual speech sounds called ‘phonemes’. These phonemes can be represented in writing using the 26 letters of the English alphabet, either individually or combined with other letters. There are numerous spelling choices (graphemes) for each phoneme.For example, in English the letter ‘c’ does not just represent the sound ( c ) as heard at the beginning of words like cat. It can represent the sound  ( s ) as in the words city, cent, etc. The sound ( f ) is not just represented by the letter ‘f’ but can be represented by the letters ‘ph’, as in photo, Sophie, Philip and Phoebe. The letter ‘y’ does not just represent the sound heard at the beginning of yawn, but more commonly represents the sound heard at the end of words like pony and Kelly, or the sound in the words my, fly and by.Knowing the 44 sounds of English and the various spelling choices that can represent these sounds enables the learner to understand the spelling system (orthography) of the English language. By explicitly teaching these basic building blocks of English orthography, we reduce handwriting, reading and spelling to their basics.

Useful Websites and Resource Links

There is a relatively small body of very complete programs that have been widely used in schools and learning centres . These are listed below. There is an increasing number of programs available for computers and online. The quality of these products varies dramatically.In Pakistan leading reading programs are:

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