Influential Reading Group Makes It Clear: Students Need Systematic, Explicit Phonics
By Stephen Sawchuk on July 18, 2019
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teachi ... onics.html
The International Literacy Association has put out a new brief endorsing "systematic and explicit" phonics in all early reading instruction.
"English is an alphabetic language. We have 26 letters. These letters, in various combinations, represent the 44 sounds in our language," the ILA brief released last week reads. "Teaching students the basic letter-sound combinations gives them access to sounding out approximately 84% of the words in English print."
It's a strong statement from an influential, big-tent organization whose members, which include teachers, researchers, and parents, have traditionally held a wide range of views on reading approaches.
From an English perspective of developments in reading instruction over the past 20 years, and from the perspective of a specialist in the field, I may well add some comments regarding some content of the publication - but this is looking like a step in the right direction.
Can it properly change the content of the multi-cueing word-guessing intervention Reading Recovery programme which is not based on the systematic explicit phonics as mentioned in this latest publication?
We shall have to see.