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The Role of Awareness in Teaching and Learning of Literacy and Numeracy in Key Stage 2

Grant reference: L139251015

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TLRP: Why morphemes are useful in primary school literacy, TLRP research briefing 14
The English language uses units of meaning called morphemes to form words. The word ‘magician’ consists of two morphemes, the stem, ‘magic’, and a suffix, ‘ian’. The spelling of ‘magician’ is not predictable from the way it sounds. The first ‘a’ sounds more like an ‘I’, while the ending sounds like ‘shen’ or ‘shun’. But if we know that its spelling represents the morphemes ‘magic’ and ‘ian’, we can make sense of its spelling. This research project showed that literacy in primary schools can be helped by an awareness of how morphemes make words and are represented in spelling.
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Author T Nunes

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