What is phonics? ACU experts have the answers

Phonics instruction has dominated media headlines of late, but what is it?

Experts from ACU’s Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy have written a comprehensive piece for The Conversation explaining what phonics is and how it helps children to learn how to read.

The piece, penned by the Centre’s Director Professor Rauno Parrila, Laureate Professor Anne Castles, and the Director of ACU’s Australian Literacy Clinic Professor Saskia Kohnen, defines the key terms and varied approaches associated with phonics instruction.

It also provides advice to families on how to help children who are learning to read using phonics.

The focus on phonics follows a recent announcement by the Victorian Government to mandate the use of phonics as well as explicit instruction in all state school classrooms.

Read the piece first published in The Conversation here: What is phonics and why is it used to teach reading? (theconversation.com)

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