NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Teaching Phonics {aka: Using Phonics to Enhance Reading}

EDUC 600




Instructor: James Coomber

Grading: Letter

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - Friday, May 06, 2016

With course completion May 13, 2016

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $375

Course Description:

This practical course for teachers defines phonics instruction and its methods, then enables teachers to build a teaching plan for incorporating phonics and related decoding strategies into their classroom reading.

This course will take you through a process that

  1. Reviews research showing the efficacy of phonics
  2. Provides activities to demonstrate classroom practice, and
  3. Analyzes student difficulties and appropriate responses.

Upon completion of the course, you will have the background and practical strategies to meet requirements in many states regarding knowledge of phonics.


More specific objectives and their assessment in this course are the following:

  • understand the research on the definition of phonics and the strengths of teaching phonics;
  • understand the development of the English language from Old English and Middle English to Modern English and implications for phonetic and spelling changes through the centuries;
  • achieve competence in ways of cultivating phonemic awareness in learners;
  • develop teaching strategies for phonemic and morphological patterns, e.g. consonant-vowel-consonant, words ending in silent -e, consonant blends, digraphs;
  • learn strategies for helping learners use substitution and addition successfully;
  • be effective in applying the various word analysis skills in teaching a learner, such as a student whose native language is other than English, who has difficulty with reading and spelling.


Materials will be included on the course site.

About The Instructor

James Coomber
James Coomber earned his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum & Instruction and his M.A. from University of Wisconsin in English. He earned his B.S. from Wisconsin State College, Platteville, WI in Secondary Education. James received many awards including the National Teaching Fellowship (1970), Who's Who in Education (1980), Bush Foundation Faculty Development Research grant (1984), Midwest Book Achievement Award to name a few. James comes with over 50 years teaching experience.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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