This unit will introduce pre-service teachers to explicit knowledge of the early reading instruction approaches and practices that will support school students to become empowered readers. Through connection to theoretical models, research into how students learn and the pedagogical approaches that result from such understandings, pre-service teachers will become knowledgeable about how early reading instruction is founded upon the use of authentic texts as a basis for meaning-making. Consequently, phonics instruction, including phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge and early spelling patterns will be explored within the context of relevant and highly effective reading frameworks such as the Four Resources Model. The unit will equip pre-service teachers to plan quality reading programs that align with the requirements of the English Curriculum and to understand the purpose of timely and relevant feedback and assessment practices.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):