Phonics check in schools? Only if the follow-up is explicit systematic phonics intervention…

A new phonics check is about to be implemented in Australian schools, to identify children who may be in need of literacy intervention.

But a phonics check is only useful if there is intervention following the testing that remedies the problem!

What do you know about phonics? Phonics is the association between spelling choices (graphemes) and speech sounds (phonemes). So, in the word ‘cat’, the ‘c’ makes a /k/ sound. Similarly, in the word ‘chef’, the ‘ch’ grapheme (spelling choice) makes a ‘sh’ speech sound (phoneme) but in the word ‘chair’, the ‘ch’ spelling choice (grapheme) makes a traditional ‘ch’ speech sound (phoneme), written as /tʃ/ in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

BUT in the word ‘station’, the ‘ti’ grapheme makes a ‘sh’ speech sound as well.   Letters only make sounds when they are in a word. In the alphabet, they are just letters without sounds.

English spelling is crazy. And that is why it can be difficult for some children to grasp.

The evidence, however, is definitely clear. Teaching explicit systematic phonics works. That’s what we want from this phonics check. The subsequent implementation of evidenced-based phonics teaching to improve literacy skills.

Check out this link at the conversation.com for more info.

By | 2017-03-08T12:19:27+11:00 March 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Phonics check in schools? Only if the follow-up is explicit systematic phonics intervention…

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We will begin taking new assessment bookings for our Canberra practice in December 2021, so please come back then and you’ll be seamlessly directed to our new website.

Until then, we will continue to support our current clients in Mittagong.