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Reading 101 is a collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association.

Sounds of Speech

Sounds of Speech

To understand a spoken language, a child must be able to hear and distinguish the sounds that make up the language. Virtually every child raised in a normal linguistic environment can distinguish between different speech sounds in his or her native language.

Almost all native English speakers can therefore hear the difference between similar English words like grow and glow. Children who are not able to hear the difference between similar-sounding words like grow and glow will be confused when these words appear in context, and their comprehension skills will suffer dramatically.

Reading 101 is a collaboration with the Center for Effective Reading Instruction and The International Dyslexia Association.

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