Phonics: The key to literacy
MANDATING the teaching of phonics will make a major difference to literacy results in Australian schools, but only if it is mandatory that all teachers are given adequate training in the explicit understanding and teaching of phonics.
Phonics is to reading and spelling what times tables are to mathematics - it is the foundation on which reading and spelling are built.
Reading and communication in the written form are the cornerstones for learners’ continued independent development.
Teachers who have a deep understanding of phonics are able to make informed professional choices when employing teaching processes and programs in their schools.
They are able to competently analyse children’s spelling and reading which allows them to evaluate, remediate and provide the necessary intervention.
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