[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] sounds in Speak

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Fri Dec 18 15:20:27 EST 2009

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 8:54 PM, K. K. Subramaniam <subbukk at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Monday 14 December 2009 09:00:23 pm Aleksey Lim wrote:
> > > Hello everybody,
> > >
> > > This afternoon, I had an interesting conversation with a Montessori
> > > teacher, about Speak. She asked me why Speak says "a" when "a" is
> pressed
> > > and not the sound of the letter "a". Montessori teachers teach the
> shape
> > > and sound of letters first, and then the name of the alphabet. I did
> not
> > > have an answer for her, but I wondered if it would be possible to have
> an
> > > option in Speak to do so.
> >
> > not sure it could be done in existed Speak(it just passes string to
> > speak engine). But it could separate activity or mode in Speak which
> > teaches alphabet.
> Isn't Speak an overkill for such basic lessons?
> Montessori teachers would find Scratch or EToys useful for such exercises.
> They
> can prepare a list of words and record their associated 'a' sounds. Script
> word objects to respond with the appropriate sound when letter 'a' is
> dropped
> on them (or the 'a' key is pressed with the mouse hovering over a word) .
> This
> puts more control on the quality of pronunciation in the hands of teachers.
> Subbu

The concern was more along the lines of "It will confuse our students
because we teach them phonetically" as opposed to anything else.

Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Information Systems
Director, Center for Business Solutions
San Francisco State University
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