Improve Your Reading Skills 2
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Improve Your Reading Skills 2

Phonics and Poetry Part 2
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Created by Marcy Sproull
Last updated 4/2019
English
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 33 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
Requirements
  • Have a basic understanding of individual letters and sounds in the English language.
Description

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.

Who this course is for:
  • Students who want to improve their reading skills
  • Students who are learning English as a second language
Course content
Expand all 38 lectures 01:53:39
+ Introduction
3 lectures 05:32

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.

Preview 03:22
Pronunciation Key
00:00
+ The Sounds of C and G
2 lectures 11:07

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.

Preview 05:47

The letter g has 2 sounds: a soft and hard sound.

The soft g has a /j/ sound, as in jewel.

The hard g has the sound /g/ as in gate.

The Hard and Soft Sounds of G
05:20

This quiz will test your knowledge of words with the soft and hard sounds of C and G.

The Sounds of C and G Quiz
2 questions
+ The Long A Sound Digraphs
5 lectures 10:15

The -ai vowel combination has a long /a/ sound, as in Jane.

The Long a sound of -ai
03:39
The long sound of -ay
02:14

One of the sounds of the -ey pattern is the long /a/ sound, as in pay, or fate.

The long /a/ sound of -ey
01:25

Sometimes, the -ei pattern can have a long /a/ sound, as in pay, or late.

The long a sound of -ei
01:21

There is a short number of words in which the -ea combination has a long /a/ sound, as in ate. Words like great or  steak have the sound and letter combination.

The long /a/ sound of -ea
01:36
+ The Digraphs of the Long E Sound
5 lectures 22:39

The vowel combination of -ee has a long e sound, as in Pete.

Preview 08:34

One of the sounds of the -ea combination is the long /e/ sound, as in Pete.

The long sound of the -ea pattern
06:33

One of the sounds of the -ie combination is the long /e/ sound, as in Pete.

The long e sound of the -ie pattern
03:42

One of the sounds of the -ey combination is the long e, as in Pete.

The long e sound of the -ey pattern
02:09

One of the sounds of the -ei combination is the long /e/, as in Pete.

The long e sound of -ei
01:41
+ The Digraphs of the Long O Sound
3 lectures 08:15

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:

boa

oasis

doable.

In the above 3 words, you will hear the o and the a as separate sounds.


The Long o Sound of -oa
04:17

The -oe sound has the long /o/ sound, as in tote.

The Long o sound of -oe
01:52

One of the sounds of -ow is the long /o/ sound, as in tote.

The Long o sound of -ow
02:06
+ The Digraphs of the Long U Sound
4 lectures 07:05

One of the sounds of -ou is the long u sound, as in flute, or moon.

The long u sound of -ou
02:10

One of the sounds of the vowel combination -ue is the long /u/ sound, as in flute or moon.

The long u sound of -ue
01:25

One of the sounds of the -ui vowel combination is the long /u/ sound, as in June, or moon.

The long u sound of -ui
01:03

One of the sounds of the -ew pattern is the long /u/ sound, as in June or moot.

The long u sound of -ew
02:27
+ The /yoo/ sounds of -ew and -ue
2 lectures 03:24

The -ew combination also has the pronunciation of /yoo/, as in few.

The yoo sound of -ew
01:52

The -ue can also have the sound of /yoo/ as in cute.

The yoo sound of -ue
01:32
Sound of /ew/ and /ue/
1 question
+ The Digraphs of the Long I Sound
3 lectures 08:07

One of the sounds of the -ui combination has the long /i/ sound, as does the -uy pattern, as in fly.

The long i Sound of -ui and -uy
01:49

One of the sounds of the -ie combination is the long /i/ sound, as in ice.

The long i sound of -ie
04:30

One of the sounds of the -ei pattern is the long /i/ sound, as in fly or ice.

The long i sound of -ei
01:48

This quiz will test your knowledge of the long i digraphs.

The Long I Sounds
2 questions
+ The Patterns of -au and -aw
2 lectures 06:59

The -au pattern has the /aw/ sound, as in yawn.

The ô sound of -au
04:42

The -aw also has the /ô/ sound, which is similar to the short /o/ sound.

The ô sound of -aw
02:17
The Sounds of /au/ and /aw/
1 question
+ 'The Digraphs of -oo
2 lectures 06:27

The long sound of the -oo combination is the long /u/ sound, as in flute or moon.

The Long Sound of -oo
04:00

The short sound of the -oo combination sounds like book.

The short sound of -oo
02:27
The sounds of /oo/
2 questions