Phonics authority and co-author of Sound Waves, Barbara Murray, explains why teachers need to develop in their students an awareness of the 43 sounds (phonemes) used in Australian spoken English.
The lifelong work of a teacher fascinated by language, learning, linguistics, neuroscience and assessment, Gramatica aims to reverse the age-old dislike of grammar and instead re-makes it into something altogether innovative, simple, relevant and fun.
Australian students are putting their spelling skills to the test in LiteracyPlanet’s Word Mania. As part of this year’s challenge, over one million games have already been played, with students spelling 20 million words correctly so far.
Australian students are invited to put their spelling skills to the test, as schools around the nation prepare to take part in Word Mania, a free online spelling competition with a prize-pool of over $350,000.
At Tyndale Christian School in Adelaide, LiteracyPlanet’s comprehensive e-learning program is helping to develop English literacy skills and improve student engagement. Read more
Acknowledging and respecting that children are capable and confident learners, Professor of English Curriculum and Literacies Education at Griffith University and experienced classroom teacher, Beryl Exley, says we don’t need a phonics-first and nationally mandated synthetic phonics check in the early years.