English Phonemes and Spanish Speaking Students

Do you have English Learners in your classroom? If so- keep reading…

Do you know the letters and sounds that the English language has that Spanish does not?  If so keep reading…

Do you know the top 5 languages spoken in the world?  If not keep reading…

English learners are becoming ever more popular in our classrooms as the big wide world is easier to travel and opportunities are no longer limited to our own backyards. Diversity makes our community sparkle! There are many cultures in our world, currently, the top five languages spoken around the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, and Russian. That is just the beginning of the languages that can cross your classroom.

Spanish is pretty common in my area and knowing the common letters and sounds in English that Spanish speakers do not have are helpful in creating both an even playing field in the classroom and in building English literacy. Reading is always important in our classrooms. No matter what grade level are English learners enter our schools they need to know the basics. That includes those letters sounds that are not present in their home language.

Spanish speakers produce the double l- ll as a y sound. In American English, we pronounce it as a single l sound. This affects both pronunciation and spelling so it is important to be directly taught to students who are coming into our classrooms speaking Spanish. Just as English vowels: a,i,o,u, consonants: z,d,j,v,w and digraphs: th, sh. This is a great start to helping our Spanish speakers transition to English reading, writing, and speaking.

Draw parallels, look for cognates and help students make connections. We are trying to help students grasp the language for ease of use while maintaining their home language(s) so having discussions with students about the similarities and difference is vital in both sowing respect and helping us both teachers and students learn from each other.

For more information, LETRS and SEAL have great writeups on cognates and phonemes of multiple languages.

Classrooms are ever-changing in their needs and populations.  Reading is always at the forefront of learning. To ensure that students are on the same page we need to make sure all our students know the English alphabet- letter sounds, how to make the sounds, and how those sounds are presented.  

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Hi everyone, thank you for visiting! I'm Liz and the creator of Curve Your Learning and The Reading Curve. I created resources and drive teachers, coaches, and parents to increase student learning success. I have been in education for 17 years, have a multiple subject credential, M.S., a literacy certificate, and am working towards my Ed.D. At home, I am a boymom and wife of 16 years who loves to glamping, paddleboard, and have fun!

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