Teaching Reading in Hebrew (was Evolution)
|From:||Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>|
|Date:||Monday, May 27, 2002, 15:51|
On 26 May, Raymond Brown wrote:
>I can see no gain in continuing this. Please
> consider this thread closed.
Aw, Ray! Just when I was gettting up a head of steam
in order to rant against my "favorite" method of
teaching reading over here! :-)
Guess I'll just have to start my own thread!
Although the regular way of teaching reading in Hebrew
in Israel involves first teaching fully voweled texts and only in
higher grades, removing the vowels (the pedegogical reasons
for doing it this way I do not know), there does,
exist another method where the child is taught to read right
from the beginning without vowels. This method draws
heavily, as might be expected, upon the child's expertise
with the language. What bothers me is not so much the
method itself, but the fact that, in the schools where it is
taught, no other method of reading is allowed!
Now while this may or may not have some merit with
native speakers, it is pure hell for new immigrants who
have _no_ native intuitions regarding the lang!
I rant because I have seen the (extremely adverse :-P)
effects on more than one of the kids I treat who enter school
here in 3rd or even 4th grade
with absolutely no idea how to read Hebrew and no hope of ever
learning! Even worse when the kid has a language disorder
making the acquisition of language per se difficult!
I still remember a new immigrant in the third-grade
who _I_ had to go back and teach how to read ---
with all the vowel markings! He had little spoken Hebrew
and even less native intuition and could not learn to read by
"learning the shapes" of words which he did not know!
likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a
A word is an awesome thing.