3.1 Phonics and Word Recognition

Unaccented Final Syllables -el, -le, -il,
-al, -en, -in, -an, -on, -ain

  • Many words have unaccented final syllables. Some of these words end with the schwa-l sound, as you hear in the word bottle. The final schwa-l sound may be spelled -el, -le, -il, or -al.

    tan gle    sten cil    prin ci pal

     
      
  • Other words have a final schwa-n sound, as you hear in the word sharpen. The final schwa-n sound may be spelled -en, -in, -an, -on, or -ain.

    rai sin     hu man    jar gon    cap tain

     
      

When you are ready, follow the link below to practice identifying unaccented final syllables -el, -le, -il, -al, -en, -in, -an, -on, and -ain.