Improve Your Reading Skills 2
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- Reading and Phonics
- Digraphs: vowel combinations that make up 1 sound
- Dipthongs: vowel combinations in which you hear 2 sounds in 1 syllable
- Homophones: words that sound the same, but have different spellings and meanings
- Have a basic understanding of individual letters and sounds in the English language.
Continue to improve your reading skills with the next course in Improve Your Reading: Phonics and Poetry Part 2. Phonics is the study of the relationship of letters or letter patterns and their sounds. By learning the sounds of the different patterns, you can more easily pronounce words correctly.
In this course you will learn about vowel combinations, such as -ea, -ou, -oo, and -ow. The course covers digraphs and dipthongs. Digraphs are vowel combinations in which two vowels make one sound, and dipthongs, which are vowel combinations in which you hear both of the vowels in the syllable.
The lessons begin with simple words, and move on to more complex words. You will also learn about homophones, which are words that have the same sound, but are spelled differently and have different meanings.
In each lesson, you will learn words with the target vowel sound. Then you will hear sentences using words with the vowel sounds for that lesson. The lesson ends with a poem, and words with the target vowel sound are highlighted. You can listen to the poems, and read as you follow along. This is great practice, and will help you improve your reading skills.
- Students who want to improve their reading skills
- Students who are learning English as a second language
Welcome to Phonics and Poetry for Adults Part 2.
We are continuing to learn about letters and their sounds, and in this course we will be looking at the sounds of C and G, and learn about vowel combinations as well. You will learn about digraphs (letter combinations that make 1 sound) and dipthongs (letter combinations in which you hear both of the sounds in one syllable).
In the last section, there is a lecture about homophones, which are words that have the same sound, but different spellings and different meanings, such as brake and break.
Each lesson will feature a vowel combination, and you will hear words and sentences with that specific pattern. Then we will follow up with a poem in which you will find words with that particular consonant or vowel combination that you just studied.
The letter c has two sounds: a soft and hard sound.
The soft c sound has the /s/ sound, as in the sound of Sam.
The hard c sound has the /k/ sound, as in kite.
The vowel combination of -ee has a long e sound, as in Pete.
The -oa combination has the long /o/ sound, as in tote.
There are a couple of exceptions to the rule: broad and quinoa, in which the -oa combination has a /aw/ sound.
Other exceptions to the rule include:
In the above 3 words, you will hear the o and the a as separate sounds.