Friday, April 3, 2015

What I am learning from Louisa Moats...

If you have been following my blog you will know that I am studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Literacy Education. I am currently in the midst of a Foundations to Literacy paper. My thoughts on literacy in the Early Years can be found here.

Our first text that has been assigned is Speech to Print: Language Essential for teachers. A member from the class posted links to videos of the author in our forum. There are a plethora of great videos  available from Reading Rockets website and Louisa Moats Youtube channel that highlight Dr. Moats key ideas. Take a look at the highlight quotes for me below.

The most common confusion is that if the alphabet is taught that is phonemic awareness or if just rhyming and alliteration is taught that is enough phonemic awareness...until we spend time making sure that children are attaching the letters to these speech sounds to words the phonics instruction doesn't work well.
Most people will confuse the idea of a letter with the idea of a sound because we have 26 letters and 40-46 speech sounds...
The large majority of poor readers at the upper grades never got phonics or phonemic awareness instruction. Intervention programs that put a strong emphasis on these basic underlying skills in the beginning are more effective than programs that just emphasise vocabulary and comprehension.

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