Remedial Reading – Syllabication
Syllabication is the process of dividing a word into its parts. This process makes it easier to read challenging multi-syllable words.
A syllable is a word or part of a word that has a vowel that can be heard. For instance:
- pet has one vowel and therefore is a one syllable word;
- boat has two vowels but as only the ‘o’ is sounded, it is a one syllable word;
- contain has three vowels but as only the ‘o’ and ‘a’ are sounded, it is a two syllable word – con/tain.
Syllabication tends to be the bane of weak readers be they 8 or 80.
As there are many exceptions to the syllabication patterns, the objective is to teach the concept that words that can be divided into parts rather than stressing particular patterns.
For exercises that allow students to grasp the concept of syllabication, you can refer to the Darwin the Dragon Reading Program or prepare your own.
Syllabication should be introduced when the student starts to encounter multisyllable words.
Side Note: As the Program also accommodates adults, it has two sets of teaching instructions as well as two titles – the one mentioned above and the Vowel First Method.