Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun

Shirley Houston
Promoting a sound start to learning
Look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and learn about effective resources and fun-filled strategies for use in research-based teaching.
Target Audience
Early Childhood and Primary teachers
26 reviews
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Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Systematic Synthetic Phonics has been identified in Australia and other English-speaking countries as the most successful approach to the teaching of reading and spelling. This part-to-whole approach involves ‘breaking’ words into separate phonemes which can then be blended together to read or spell a written word. In December 2005, DEST published the results of its National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy. It determined that if synthetic phonics was taught first, “the combined effects” of phonics instruction and whole language instruction was significantly more effective than phonics instruction on its own. Sadly, six years later, many teachers do not know what synthetic phonics is and work in schools where there is nothing systematic about the way in which phonics is taught. This course provides participants with an opportunity to look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and become familiar with effective and fun-filled strategies for such instruction.

Audience

Early Childhood and Primary teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours. Learn more HERE.

This is a TQI accredited course in the ACT (2017).


Getting Online


Please note that this is an Online learning format and we use the platform Open Learning. You have 5 weeks to complete the course and can do at your own pace within the start and end dates (advertised). There are no set times where you have to attend any webinars etc, everything you need will be within the Open Learning Platform. If you have any problems navigating Open Learning please contact admin@tta.edu.au or your Presenter and we will do all we can we can to assist you.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

Start Date Location Availability Price    
24/07/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now
16/10/2017 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Welcome and Overview

30 minutes

Course Overview
Course Requirements
Technical Requirements
Reference to Professional Standards
Join the Online Community

Phonics instruction at our school

30 minutes

Defining systematic phonics instruction
The differences between analytic and synthetic phonics
Phonics instruction at your school.

Synthetic phonics - the research

1 hour

Research findings on effective literacy instruction in English-speaking countries
Research findings on synthetic phonics instruction.

Principles and structure of synthetic phonics programs

30 minutes

A checklist of principles of synthetic phonics instruction
The structure of daily synthetic phonics instruction
Evaluating the phonics program in your classroom/school

Comparing synthetic phonics programs

1 hour and 30 minutes

Comparing components of two synthetic phonics programs: Letters and Sounds (UK) and Get Reading Right (Australia).

Multisensory activities and resources for teaching synthetic phonics

1 hour and 30 minutes

Trialling and assessing multisensory activities and resources that can be used in a synthetic phonics program
Sharing activities and resources

Course Summary -the place of synthetic phonics in a balanced literacy program

30 minutes

Determining ways in which you can incorporate synthetic phonics principles and teaching in your literacy program.

What To Bring

See Technical Requirements

User Rating

4.5

Latest Reviews

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Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Shahla Wahid on 20/01/2017

This course provided the opportunity to look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and become familiar with effective and fun-filled strategies for such instruction. I found it a very useful course as it made my mind very clear about this terminology and how I can apply it effectively in the class room.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
05/01/2017

This course provided the opportunity to look at models of synthetic phonics instruction and become familiar with effective and fun-filled strategies for such instruction. I found it a very useful course as it made my mind very clear about this terminology and how I can apply it effectively in the class room.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Louise Burden on 14/09/2016

I found the resources fascinating because they were up to date and relevant but more importantly they were underpinned by recent research material which enabled me to review and consolidate my teaching philosophy. Combine this with the preparedness of the instructor to engage in deep discussion in relation to the complexities of my low functioning disability students I have been able to apply this newfound knowledge to the individual students in my class. Knowing that my class dynamics can change in future years I now feel prepared to meet their learning needs with a vast array of tools in my new toolkit.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Faeza Samnakay on 29/07/2016

I found this course very comprehensive in providing a good overview of best evidence based practice in reading. It was systematic and hands on. There are opportunities to check out several resources and adapt them to individual contexts. I found this course particularly useful for my special needs setting.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Kristie Fleeting on 30/03/2016

I found the course very informative and it was a great reassurance for myself to know that I am on the right track when teaching phonics. I loved being able to search through the websites given and found some very useful resources.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Michelle Campbell on 02/12/2015

Found the course to be very informative. The documents on the relevant research were interesting and a source of valuable information, very relevant to my teaching. The Websites are a valuable resource and handy to be able to access and learn about.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Erin Marriott on 02/12/2015

The content of the course was great. Relevant with an informed and passionate teacher. I liked that it was based on loads of research, which was readily available to us. This course has not only been of high value to myself but will be to my colleagues also as we make changes to how we teach phonics at my school. I am however really disappointed at the lack of participant interaction, it seemed like there was hardly anyone else who did all of the required tasks. This would maybe sway me towards face to face courses in the future, peer teaching is of such great value.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Matthew Densley on 30/11/2015

The course offered a lot of very good resources that you are able to quickly adopt and implement into your practice. I liked the data that was given to demonstrate how effective Synthetic Phonics can be.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Casey Simpson on 12/10/2015

I found the idea of Synthetic Phonics very interesting though at times challenging. There was a lot of information made available and much I found very interesting reading but at times it was quite repetitive. It has been good to know what recourse are out there and available to us though if we choose to go this way in our phonics program.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Victoria Tannock on 06/10/2015

I found this course very resourceful. It had a lot of valuable resources to download or links to click on to use to gather information. I especially enjoyed hearing from other teachers in the forums about what they do or have tried. I printed out a lot of the information that I could and have been able to start a resource folder to refer back to.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Fiona Yeo on 06/10/2015

I thought the course was great, it certainly broadened my knowledge of synthetic phonics and provided excellent discussion points for us to use at our school amongst staff.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Terri Davis on 26/08/2015

I have really enjoyed participating in this course, especially as this teaching sequence of phonics is very new to me. I have taken away many new ideas and resources which I have already started implementing and trailing in my classroom. My students are really responding very well and I feel that having an explicit approach- with a sequence that includes multi sensory (decoding and encoding) is vital to have in literacy. I especially like aligning this phonic sequence with the spelling rule.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Trudy Grant on 10/06/2015

I enjoyed the content of the course, I have a better understanding of synthetic phonics instruction. The feedback for the course coordinator was on-going, relevant and encouraged the online user to explore other elements of the topic.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Naomi McKinley on 10/06/2015

This was a good course to be involved in as you could do it at your own pace within the required yet flexible time frame. It was great to have the opportunity to interact in forums with a range of teachers with differing expertise and from a variety of backgrounds within the teaching profession.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Liz McDonnell on 04/06/2015

I found the course a thorough introduction to Synthetic phonics. The resources available to view were varied and useful.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Cherie Marshall on 03/06/2015

I found this course to be interesting and informative. I like the idea of synthetic phonic and appreciated the opportunity to read other teachers feedback and comments on how it worked in practice.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Robyn Pearcey on 03/06/2015

Synthetic Phonics – Fast and Fun, addressed all aspects of our P-2 Project on Synthetic Phonics from the research standing behind this method to the resources that could be accessed. I would like to see more suggestions for generic multi-sensory activities.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Elizabeth Duim on 03/06/2015

The course made me go back and find the resources I used to use years ago and re-assess them in light of what we learned. I also used the information during a learning team meeting to discuss the use of current reading series and how we could adapt them as we have a limited budget.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Leanne Demmitt on 18/12/2014

The course very informative. It was set out in a clear order, that made learning easy. The videos and examples shown were extremely helpful. I learnt strategies for use in the classroom that will definitely benefit ALL the children in my class.

Synthetic Phonics - Fast and Fun
by Emily Hancock on 12/12/2014

I found the course thoroughly informative, however I feel that the presentation of the course could have been more interactive.


About the team


Shirley Houston

Creator

Shirley has a Masters degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the area of Special Needs for 30 years. She has taught in government and independent schools, primary and secondary, universities and TAFE. Shirley has also taught in several states of Australia and in the U.S. Her particular interests are specific learning difficulties, early childhood, education of young gifted children and literacy. She loves travel, reading and music.