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What are ‘decodable readers’ and do they work?

The Conversation, 1 Nov 2018.  The Australian Curriculum defines decoding as ‘A process of working out the meaning of words in a text. In decoding, readers draw on contextual, vocabulary, grammatical and phonic knowledge.’  However, the Victorian coalition defines decoding only as ‘sounding out letters’ and wants their misinformed view of decodable readers in schools […]

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Melbourne Phonics Symposium, 5 May 2018

A phonics symposium, co-sponsored by Australian Catholic University, Australian Literacy Educators Association and The University of Sydney: The Role of Phonics in Learning to be Literate is being held at Australian Catholic University, 114 Victoria Pde, Fitzroy Speakers:  Marie Emmitt, Robyn Ewing AM, David Hornsby, Pauline Jones, Lisa Kervin, Jessica Mantei, Jackie Manuel. The symposium […]

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Blueprint to ditch school reports and age as yardstick for teaching

The Australian, 22 Feb 2018.  The ACER says students are failing to achieve their potential because of a one-size-fits-all approach.  Students could be taught according to their ability rather than their age and conventional performance tools such as A-to-E grades and school reports would be scrapped under a proposal to redefine what it means to […]

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