by The Educator 07 Dec 2020

Assoc/Prof Adoniou, said that while no literacy educator would deny that systematic and explicit teaching of phonics is a key component of learning to read, some might question why NSW Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, is claiming that phonics must be taught ‘before moving on to other forms of reading instruction’.

“There is no research evidence that supports this claim,” Assoc/Prof Adoniou told The Educator.

Assoc/Prof Adoniou said all national research inquiries into reading, in the US, UK and Australia recommend that phonics be taught alongside other reading skills, such as vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. 

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