A sample of the Syllabification section of the Cracking the ABC Code Multisensory Reading Program Level 4.
- The ability to quickly and accurately syllabify words is a key to reading mastery. However, traditional rules for syllabifying words can be complex. The syllabification exercise in this programme uses a simplified method of syllabification that is easily learned and can be effectively applied to the decoding of unknown words. Although the system is not 100% perfect due to the exceptions in the English language, it provides a close enough representation that students are easily able to decipher the correct pronunciation (e.g., hipp/op/ot/am/us versus hip/po/pot/a/mus).
- The use of nonsense words in this programme requires students to practise the skill of rapidly breaking words into syllables and recognising graphemes. As a result, students are better able to rapidly and accurately decode unfamiliar words. In contrast, if real words are used, students tend to rely on their visual memory of the total word rather than the smaller components within the word. As each word is unique, no transference to unknown words is possible.
- Each nonsense word is composed of the graphemes being learned plus graphemes from previous units. This constant exposure to the graphemes in different contexts further reinforces the learning and retention of sound-symbol relationships.
- Students are to read one column each day. The first 3 words have already been syllabified. Students are to draw in the syllabification line for the next 3 words, reading the syllable for drawing the next line. Students mentally break the next 4 words into syllables, ensuring there is a definite break between each syllable. Each column contains two real words which the student attempts to locate. On the 5th day, students read the last column 3 times attempting to improve the time taken each attempt, with the goal of reading the column accurately in 10 seconds.
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