ESL & ELL Programs
It is not without reason that English has been called the “World’s Worst Spelled Language.” There are many reasons for this, amongst them: the use of an ancient Latin alphabet, the adoption into English of sounds from just about every language under the sun, the high percentage of words with silent letters, the huge variation in which almost any English vowel phoneme is spelled, and the ways in which most vowel graphemes are pronounced.
The Eduss phonics program was developed from original research into the English language. By using its unique proprietary coding and search engine, Eduss researchers were able to test the validity of traditional pronunciation rules. The search engine gave the program’s developers a tool to accurately and scientifically populate the program. The engine can search its dictionary of coded English words to group words into families according to combined sounds (initial, medial, final), combined graphemes (initial, medial, final), or any combination of sounds and graphemes in initial, medial, or final positions of words. It also has the ability to search for families of words with common syllabic stress patterns, all the ways a particular vowel phoneme is spelled, and all the ways a particular vowel grapheme is pronounced. This tool is a teacher’s dream resource; word families following any sound and/or spelling pattern can be instantly displayed on screen or interactive whiteboards to reinforce instruction. The complete program methodically, systematically, and subsequently instructs students through all the decoding tricks of contemporary English – from the basic phonemes to combined sounds, syllables (formation, pronunciation, and stress patterns), whole words and word stress patterns, and more. In addition, the program introduces students to the essential part Greek and Latin word elements play in English comprehension and vocabulary development.
The program also includes an in-built recording function that allows students to compare their pronunciation with that of the model’s.
The phonics-to-reading program consists of three elements that have been carefully cross-referenced for ease of teacher implementation: the software program consisting of lessons and student exercises, the teacher’s manual, and the student workbooks. The teachers manual contains step-by-step recommendations on how to implement the program for different grade/ability levels. The manual also contains comprehensive resources from the original research in developing the program, so the teacher can become an expert in the nature and secrets of the English language.
The lesson-by-lesson recommendations in the teacher’s manual on how to implement the program and the comprehensive teacher resources included for each lesson make the program a dream to administer for the teacher, especially those that have had little exposure or instruction in phonics themselves.
Bright animations in the software’s lesson and exercise modules and the simple coding system make the program an attractive, engaging and academically rigorous learning program for the student.
Inbuilt phonics assessments provide teachers with the necessary tool to assess a student’s phonological awareness and his/her ability to map letter (or letter combinations) to the sounds they produce. There are 20 different assessments available for these purposes, and in general, they progress from the simplest to the more complex.
The program has been designed to be used by ESL/ELL students of any school age.