Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Phonics – y-e-s or n-o

phonicsHad a session today on phonics as part of our English module. I have had little experience in phonics, perhaps witnessing as little as an hour in total within the schools I have visited. It was such a relief to be able to put a meaning and understanding to the terms phonemes and graphemes, di-graphs and trigraphs! It was a busy session with the opportunity to try out a few classroom games using phonics and also come up with lists for confusing words found in the english language that do not work with phonics. What a surprise!
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What does ‘Literate’ mean?

literacyIn our English module today we discussed Language and Literacy, looking at theories and the history of policies over the last 20 years.  What are your thoughts on the meaning of ‘being literate’?  Is it simply being good at reading and writing?  How many more elements should it cover today?  Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!