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Using Nonsense Words

Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley explores conundrum of the common practice of using nonsense words to support decoding skills in struggling readers.  She argues because the nonsense words have no context or etymology, they have no set pronunciation or meaning and this can ultimately confuse students.  She also cites a detailed example and a recent article by Gina Cooke to support her claim.  .   

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