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Poems for Learning to Read

for children and adults

by Bob Wilson at autoenglish.org

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INTRODUCTION

These poems are for English-speaking children learning to read and for everyone learning English as a foreign language.

In general, the consonants are quite easy to read in English. However, it is often very difficult to read the vowel sounds. There are two reasons for this.

Firstly, there are 20 different vowel sounds in English which is a lot. Secondly, the same vowel sound is often spelt in a lot of different ways. Look at these:

/ai/

“Oh”

/u:/

cry

bowl

chew

night

coal

food

smile

mode

fruit

HOW WILL THESE POEMS HELP YOU?
Each poem contains a lot of words with one particular vowel sound. Poets call this assonance. When you read the poem, you can guess how to read the words by using the particular vowel sound. Here’s an example:
A knight arrives on an island at night
and the tribe invites him to dine.
“How nice!” says the knight
in the evening light.
“It’s rice with a slice of lime.”
CONTENT
PART ONE
VOWEL SOUND POEM
 /i/ as in Chimp It is...
  A Tick Trick for Hippos
A as in Bat Bad Back Dad
  Cat in a Flat
/e/ for Elephant The Mad Restaurant
/ei/ as in Grape The Ape Escapes
PART TWO
VOWEL SOUND POEM
O for Octopus Bob the Boss
/ai/ as in Smile A Knight on an Island
U as in Nut Wanting Stuff
ee as in Free Cheese Thieves
Oh as in Mobile Phone Ode to a Toad
oo as in Shoe A Rude Duke
  Poo in a Shoe
PART THREE
VOWEL SOUND POEM
Or for Awesome The Lord Sean Story
Ear as in Near An Eel and a Seal
Ah as in Far Arthur and Marge
Urgh as in Bird Sir Bert and Lady Bertha
Ow as in Cow The Lout
oo as in Book The Cook and the Pudding
Air as in Bear When Claire is Sad
Oi as in Toy Our Daughter
  Our Daddy
  Potatoes
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