What Are Syllables? Syllabication is the process of

What Are Syllables? Syllabication is the process of

What Are Syllables? Syllabication is the process of

analyzing the patterns of vowels and consonants in a word to determine

where the word breaks into syllables. This enables readers and spellers to

identify syllable types and their vowel sounds, recognize consonant

diagraphs and blends, and thus arrive at an approximate pronunciation and

spelling of the word.

Understanding Syllables A syllable is a unit of pronunciation

containing a single vowel sound. For students in second grade and beyond,

knowing how to decode unfamiliar multisyllabic words is essential

because most of the new words they will encounter in print are big

words. Research shows that when good

readers encounter a long, unfamiliar word, they assign the word a

pronunciation by chunking the letter

PREFIXES & SUFFIXES Just as phonograms are useful

chunks, prefixes and suffixes also help students recognize and

pronounce multisyllabic words. To decode big words, students need

to recognize common suffixed and prefixes, use as logical syllable

breaks, and pronounce them as whole units. Most of the time, a

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