Many struggling learners of English have difficulty with phonemic awareness. They do not hear the sounds of words clearly enough to comprehend rhyming words and poetry. Jokes that involve puns, plays on words, are not funny to them. Although they participate in phonemic awareness pre-reading activities, they continue to struggle with the sounds of words.
The Sounds Of Words applied phonics reading intervention provides the opportunity for struggling learners to comprehend and master phonemic awareness and phonics. The process of listening to the usual sounds of the letters of a word, saying those sounds, writing those sounds, concretely and multi-sensorily decoding the word to read the sound spelling, and finally reading the written word, gives opportunities for the learner to find success with phonemic awareness and phonics.
Then, once the student is able to read the word, she/he is able to utilize automatic recognition and comprehension whenever reading that word, as well as using the information for decoding and comprehension of other words.