Phonological Awareness is the skill set of detecting patterns and manipulating units of sound in oral language- parts such as words, syllables, onsets, and rhymes. Under the umbrella of phonological awareness is phonemic awareness. This is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes (the smallest unit of sound) that can differentiate a word’s meaning. It’s critical to the success of language literacy and spelling.
Evidence shows that those who struggle with reading also have problems with phonemic awareness. The two terms are often confused, even in academic literature, so it’s not surprising that some teachers have trouble differentiating the two.
In this course, participants will learn the differences and the interrelationship between the two aspects and explore the varying levels of phonological awareness. In understanding these relationships, teachers can develop a range of teaching strategies and coaching techniques to help students acquire these skills and build a strong foundation for their literacy journey.