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Teaching Phonics/Basic & Beyond

EDUC 2000

This course for teachers defines terms related to phonics and methods for teaching it. You will use that information to help students with dyslexia & build plans for incorporating phonics and related decoding strategies into classroom reading instruction.  You will review research showing the efficacy of phonics instruction, consider physical and social student learning challenges and effective responses to those challenges so students will be better able to read with understanding. By analyzing a variety of teaching strategies, you will be better able to select those that are a best fit for you and your students. Resources for this class will be available online.   


More specific objectives and their assessment in this course are the following.  Class participants will:

  • understand the research on the definition of phonics and closely related terms, and the need for teaching phonics;
  • understand some of the history related to the teaching of phonics;
  • consider student strengths and challenges related to multiple intelligences and physical development, especially hearing and vision, and to their ability to use phonics to comprehend what they read;
  • achieve competence in ways to cultivate and assess phonemic awareness in learners;
  • develop teaching strategies for individual phonemes and how sounds vary when letters are combined to form the 44 sounds of the American English language;
  • learn strategies for helping readers use phonics to increase understanding of what they read;
  • be effective in applying various word analysis skills in teaching all learners, including students whose native dialect or first language is other than Standard English, and to help their students to conquer difficulty with reading.

"I found the information useful and the instructor was helpful and easy to communicate with."

"This class was informative and teaches the foundations of phonics. The instructor was very responsive to questions and provided feedback on assignments."

"I appreciated the instructors' willingness to allow the learners to choose what topics to explore further. She was responsive to any questions and provided many different examples when providing new content."

"The reading was valuable and the conversation among the cohorts on the discussion page was helpful."

"I liked completing the big units/assignments because I will use them in my classroom. I also like all the links to the websites - some of them which I will use."

Required Student Resources:

Textual and multimedia information will be listed with each unit and will include a variety of materials on Blackboard and various online resources such as current white papers and policy statements, professional education sites, and commercially available resources for analysis.