We now know that "phonemic awareness" is a key thing to teach for k-1 for reading instruction, but what is lacking is a reasonable phonics based "phonetic" notation that allows keyboard typing easily. The International phonetic alphabet (IPA) is replete with strange symbols and not used in teaching reading.in the US. But other pre-internet phonetic notations such as IBM's "Writing to Read" system of the 1980's were tried for teaching reading and found successful. http://justpaste.it/trueprroof . Now a free and open internet system called truespel phonetics does the trick, and more. It can be learned by teachers in an hour and k-1 children in a few weeks. It has a free converterat http://truespel.com that represents spoken dictionary words for standard accent, and it has phonics analyses at the site that show how each of the 40 US English sounds are variously spelled. https://justpaste.it/truetutorial .This opens new doors of "phonemic awareness" because learners can write what they hear and can see phonetically what they say. Putting a phonetic word next to a traditionally spelled word shows phonic relationships, which can be up to 10 or so phonic spellings for each sound, so phonetics is much easier to learn than phonics. Because children appear to crave a system that they can write phonetically, truespel is the way to go.
Thank you for this information. I was semi-familiar with this when I was teaching K-12, but I have not heard of anyone using this in adult education. Do you know of any AE instructors or students who have used this?
While parts of this site are free, there are books that can be purchased, as well as a "Go Fund Me" button.
I would be interested to learn if anyone has used this with adult ABE or ESL students.