This course addresses the linguistic, neurological, cognitive, and socio-cultural factors that influence readers and writers. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, national and state standards in literacy, and high stakes assessments have resulted in more attention placed on the role of phonics in students' reading and writing achievement. Participants study relevant research, theories, and instructional approaches, including technology and multimedia, to support phonics as a fundamental component of effective reading, writing, and spelling programs.
This graduate course is 4 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
Topics and Objectives
Overview of Phonics in Education
- Define phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics.
- Discuss the history and controversy of using phonics instruction in schools.
- Evaluate basic approaches to and most current research on phonics instruction.
- Identify the linguistic, neurological, cognitive, and socio-cultural factors that influence reading and writing.
Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
- Explain the role of phonological awareness and phonemic awareness in the reading process.
- Identify strategies for embedding the components of phonological and phonemic awareness in instruction.
- Adapt components of phonological and phonemic awareness strategies for diverse learners.
- Identify assessments used to assess phonological and phonemic awareness.
Phonics in Reading, Writing, and Spelling Instruction
- Describe the role phonics and high-frequency words play in reading fluency.
- Identify texts and strategies for embedding phonics instruction within authentic reading, writing, and spelling tasks.
- Identify activities and strategies for using word sorts in phonics instruction.
- Create effective phonics assessments related to reading, writing, and spelling.
- Explain the stages of spelling development.
- Adapt phonics strategies in writing and spelling tasks for diverse learners.
- Create effective phonics assessments related to writing and spelling.
Technology and Interventions
- Identify multimedia and technology tools to enhance phonics instruction in reading, writing, and spelling.
- Evaluate phonics interventions used for beginning readers and older readers who are struggling.
- Identify best practices in teaching phonics and differentiating phonics instruction for diverse learners.
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