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I have a student that can read but can not spell. He does not seem to know basic phonic relations but can read.This does not make sense and I don't know how to help him gain phonic recognition so he can sound out words. PLease help!
This is a situation we encountered quite often back when I was working at the Academic Skills Center at Central Washington University, though probably not quite so severe cases as that you describe. What we found was that these students had either never been introduced to sound-to-spelling relationships or had turned down the offer when it was given them. Some of them, I suspect, were dyslexic during their earlier school years when these relationships were being taught. As they matured, they somehow outgrew the dyslexia but still were missing that earlier phonics training. I believe that learning the phonetic relationships – both sound-to-spelling (for writers and spellers) and spelling-to-sound (for readers) constitute a stage most language learners have to go through. They have to through it, in the sense of going all the way through it, to get on to more advanced issues of literacy. But if they’ve somehow missed it, they have to go back and go through it. Our experience was that such students moved through that phonetics material quite rapidly when we offered it to them.

I’d suggest that you have your student work with the material like that in Books 1 and 2 of the Basic Speller, which are available gratis elsewhere on this website. If that doesn’t do the trick, let me know.

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