Online Phonics Courses Slated for September Launch


Synthetic Phonics (UK), led by educator and synthetic phonics proponent Debbie Hepplewhite, will launch an International Synthetic Phonics Teaching Program in September for use by teachers, schools, tutors and parents.

The program provides a methodical approach to teaching simple and complex alphabetic codes via step-by-step instruction. Broken into 10 units, the program incorporates cumulative decodable sentences accompanied by text, visual aids, planning and recording-keeping tools, and drawing activities.

The online courses will leverage multimedia such as online video clips that deliver practical explanations and audio clips that demonstrate more than 40 English language sounds, which will be paired with their spelling variations. Online discussion forums will also be provided.

Synthetic Phonics said the program conforms to recommendations from the UK's March 2006 "Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading" from Jim Rose (a.k.a., "The Rose Report"), which advised that "the case for systematic phonic work is overwhelming and much strengthened by a synthetic approach."

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