ABOUT THE BOOK:
Decoding and Encoding English Words: A Handbook for Language Tutors by Dr. Thomas Baldwin Jones might well be termed “A Book for all Reasons (Linguistic)” since it is as equally appropriate as a college text for introducing new reading teachers to the phonetic-rule basis of English, as an introduction for the young linguist, as supplementary material for the speech therapist, as a reference in the whole-language classroom, as a vocabulary enhancement for the ACT or SAT test taker, as a parental reference for aiding a child’s linguistic development (especially the homeschoolers), as a guide for the conscientious student wanting to make independent progress in the language, as resource for the ambitious adult who just wants to learn more about the nature and structure of English, as a guide for the adult and senior classroom reading help volunteers, as it is for tutors and teachers of students with special Language problems.
A perusal of Decoding and Encoding English Words will reveal unusually complete presentations of phonics, spelling rules, grammar, the prefixes, roots and suffixes of Old English, Latin an Greek, borrowings from other languages, words from names and places, a short history of the English Language, a consideration of Black English Vernacular, and more. An added bonus is the inclusion of a mini-card drill pack.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After tutoring dozens of language students from first grade through graduate school, Dr. Jones perceived a need for an ordered, comprehensive guide to this endeavor, a sort of teacher’s manual which might ensure thoroughness. Logical progression, and a general overview of our marvelous language, English. There would need to be an exhaustive investigation of the phonetic nature of the language along with near exhaustive word lists for documentation and practice. One does not write such a tract off the top of one’s head, so Dr. Jones went through his favorite family dictionary marking all latin derivations of red, greek in blue, and Old English with marginal notes. Words beginning with mis-, ambi- or endo-, words containing –ai-, -eu-, or –du-, words ending in –tion, -ciate, or –que words showing various pronunciations of a, ou, or I, and so on were noted until the index card stack exceeded eighteen inches in height. To ensure some intellectual order to this material, Dr. Jones savored university classes in Latin, Greek, French German, History of English, Linguistics, Phonology, Structure of English, Comparative Grammar, Language Disabilities and Black English Vernacular. Over a seven-year period Decoding and Encoding English Words: A Handbook for Language, Tutors, Third Edition, gradually assumed its present form.