The Literacy Collective –We explore everyday issues pertaining to literacy teaching and learning. Equipping educators with practical strategies that they can use instantly to improve their literacy outcomes. We reduce the overwhelm that educators feel in their profession by providing well researched strategies, a plethora of useful freebies and expert coaching tips. Visit www.theliteracycollective.com to explore our amazing program that fast tracks literacy learning with our sound to print visual code.
In episode 1 we look at the 8 core foundational skills when teaching Phonemic Awareness and some practical tips and freebies you can use straight away.
#055 The Literacy Big 6 Series 5. Comprehension
When we think of reading comprehension we should first start with the understanding of the Simple View of Reading (Gough & Tunmer, 1986), consisting of two essential components for learning to read, Language Comprehension and Word Recognition. Word Recognition has been covered in our previous podcasts of Phonemic Awareness and Phonics and in this episode we share with you some skills, elements, and components of Language Comprehension using the framework of the Simple View of Reading.
Reading comprehension ability is complex and multifaceted; it consists of being familiar with a text’s vocabulary, having some background knowledge of the particular topic and grasping an understanding of the language structures used. So let's explore these together and I'll give you some hints and tips to use straight away in your classroom.
#54 The Literacy Big 6 Series 4. Fluency
In Episode #54 we take a close look at Fluency, the often neglected component of a reading program. It is overlooked because it isn't a stand alone variable.
Fluency is a culmination of successful orthographic mapping skills, prosody (intonation and expression) and comprehension. It also looks different in each grade level due to the developmental nature of the ‘learning to read’ process.
Join me as I unpack each component of Fluency and load you up with strategies to use in your classroom today.
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#053 The Literacy Big 6 Series - Phonics (with special guest)
Not all phonics is effective so how do we ensure our program is evidence based and maximising learning?
Join me in Episode #53 as I not only share the 5 key components of effective phonics, but I bring in an expert neuroscientist to teach us how the brain uses phonics to learn to read.
Neuroscientist, educator and author, Jared Cooney Horvath shares the research and turns theory into practise.
#052 The Literacy Big 6 Series – 2. Phonemic Awareness
Research shows that Phonemic Awareness is a strong predictor of long term reading and spelling success. “It can predict literacy performance more accurately than intelligence, vocabulary knowledge and socio economic status” (Gillon, 2004)
Episode #52 takes a close look at Phonemic Awareness, as this skill is a very crucial component that many teachers and commercial programs often overlook.
While we use our eyes to read, the true starting point for reading is speech sounds. Phonemic awareness is 100% auditory, meaning it is only related to the sounds a letter makes, or the sounds letters make together in a word.
Tune in as I unpack the 8 core phonemic awareness skills and load you up with practical strategies and explanations.
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#051 The Literacy Big 6 Series, 1. Oral Language
Over the next six weeks I would like to take you through the 6 components that every Science Based reading program should have. Known as the Literacy Big 6, these recommendations are the result of three international reviews commissioned by the Governments in the US, UK and Australia, in an attempt to provide teachers with ‘best practice’ for teaching children to read.
In this episode I share with you the first component of the Literacy Big 6, Oral Language, that can sometimes get overlooked in a foundation classroom, to the detriment of our most vulnerable learners.
Join me as I unpack expressive and receptive language, phonological awareness and speech rhythms.
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#050 The Dos and Don’ts of Teaching Sight Words – An Evidence Based Approach
Podcast episode #50 will provide you with practical evidence based teaching tips that can potentially enable a child to store and retrieve hundreds more words than they would be able to if they’d been taught using the widely common 'whole word' teaching methodology.
Step into any English speaking, early year’s classroom and you can pretty much be assured of one thing, children are being given copious lists of ‘sight words’ to memorise or learn by heart. Until quite recently, it seems that this practice has received very little opposition.
Well I’m here to tell you that science is telling us a different story.
There is a better way to teach sight words and (spoiler alert) you may be surprised to learn that all words should be taught this way.
For those of you who have already begun your journey into the ‘science of reading’, you may have discovered that there is a real shift away from traditional whole word memorisation to a process called orthographic mapping which I will explain in this episode.
We’ve also learnt that the order in which we should introduce sight words needs to be given careful consideration, to ensure it aligns with the developmental decoding process of spelling patterns.
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