9,000 PHONETIC WORDS
AND HOW THEY CAME TO BE: These words are designed to be taught just like you teach the CVC words. Basically, it is easy to teach CVC words because almost all CVC words follow what we call speech-sound-to-spelling patterns. These 9,000+ words also follow a set of speech-sound-to-spelling patterns.
1) Alan Beale analyzed 12 American English dictionaries:
eight ESL (English as
a Second Language) dictionaries and four “desk dictionaries”. The
dictionaries chosen vary widely by publisher, style, completeness and depth. Alan’s website: http://wordlist.sourceforge.net/12dicts-readme.html#classic
2) Alan selected 30,000 words which were common to six of the 12 dictionaries.
He computer-coded those words for (a) "speech-sounds” and (b) spelling patterns --
can thus generate lists of words meeting any set of speech-sound and spelling
3) Martin Carbone independently generated a list of the most common English speech-sounds
and the 50 most common spelling patterns for those speech-sounds.
4) Those speech-sounds and spelling patterns were defined as being jointly “phonetic”.
5) 9,392 words from Beale’s list of 30,000 words were selected which contain
those phonetic speech-sounds and spelling patterns. These words were named “Easy-To-Read” words.
6) 317 common words which did not fit the selection criteria were included in
this “Easy-To-Read Words” book. Those words were named “memory
words”, indicating that they can’t be “sounded-out” phonetically.
We are looking for a publisher or an education-oriented company to take over the
publishing of this book on a royalty basis. 100% of the royalties we receive will be donated
to a charity of the publisher's choice that promotes the world-wide reduction of illiteracy.
These phonetic words might be the key to reading that efficiently links and locks Sight Reading to Phonetics in the beginning reader's mind.
A linked Table Of Contents for the book
The complete list of Phonetic Words
The patterns that governed the selection of the phonetic words.
Three features that make this system unique.
(1) These letter-to-speech-sound patterns do not have to be explicitly taught to the student.
(2) There are NO EXCEPTIONS: all the words follow the same patterns.
(3) The students learn to read 77 letter-to-speech-sound patterns in the same way they learned how to read the 26 alphabetical symbols and 300+ CVC words: -- by "coached reading" of those symbols, words and patterns.