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4 Guiding Principles of English

So if “It is incumbent on us as teachers and parents to provide instruction on these reading and spelling rules”, as I stated in my last post to show that English reading and spelling follows predictable and reliable rules, we need to know these rules. There are really 4 major guiding principles in the English language that help us learn these reading and spelling rules. 1   1.  The position of letters within a syllable A syllable is one opening of the mouth. Each time we open our mouths we are producing a syllable. For example, in the word got we open our mouth one time, so that means got has one syllable. Let us look at the vowel o in the word got . The o is in a closed syllable. The o is being closed by the letter t . A vowel in a closed syllable is short. The o in got is pronounced ( ŏ ). In contrast let us look at the vowel o in the word go . The o is in an open syllable. The o is open because there is no consonant after it in the same syllable to clos