What is phonolgical knowledge?  Why is it important?

Phonological knowledge is the foundation of our understanding of how spoken words translate into written words.

Phonological knowledge is what we know about sound patterns in words. It includes being able to learn how to say an unfamiliar word, being aware that some words share common sounds, that individual sounds can be blended to form longer sound sequences and being able to manipulate sounds in words.

(Ref: Munro, J.K. 1998 – Assessing and Teaching Phonological Knowledge. ACER)

Teaching Outlines

PERI - Phonological Early reading Intervention
The PERI program Outline

To apply to do the PERI PL activity go to IPLS on the CEOM website.

Explicit teaching of two-letter dependable rime units to Year one students improves word and prose reading.

Project 227 Dependable rime units

Explicit teaching to a group of Grade ones of the phonological area of segmenting and blending phonemes improves prose reading, decoding unknown words and spelling accuracy.

Project 229 Segmenting and blending

The ability to read words in isolation and in prose is improved by explicitly teaching of onset and rime units.

Project 232 Onset and rime


Assessing & Teaching Phonological Knowledge

Author: John Munro (1998).

Available online through – Approximately $140.00 AUD

The content of this resource is used for the PERI program
PERI – Phonological Early Reading Instruction (OR Pre-ERIK)

PERI training is available to CEO teachers through CEVN-IPLS.

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The Sutherland Phonological Awareness Test - Revised (SPAT-R)

Author: Roslyn Neilson Copyright © 2003 Roslyn Neilson, Ph.D.

The SPAT-R is a simple but thorough diagnostic test that evaluates phonological awareness in the first years of schooling.

Available online through ACER – Approximately $190.00 AUD


Purchase directly through the author for the same price.
Roslyn Neilson, Ph.D.
Speech-Language Pathologist
Language, Speech and Literacy Services
PO Box 72 Jamberoo NSW 2533

Just send Roslyn Neilson an email with a Purchase Order number, and she will send the SPAT-R to you, with a tax invoice.

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Two reports on a longitudinal Study on Synthetic Phonics in Scotland.

A Seven Year Study of the Effects of Synthetic Phonics Teaching on Reading and Spelling Attainment

Author: Johnston and Watson

Insight 17
Accelerating Reading and Spelling with Synthetic Phonics: A Five Year Follow Up

Author: Johnston and Watson

Insight 4
Bringing Words to Life: robust vocabulary instruction
Author: Isabel Beck
Google Books


Why take an Analytical Phonics Approach?
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What is Synthetic Phonics?

Watch the new and improved 3 minute video by “Get Reading Right” to learn about synthetic phonics for the letter/sound – s m t c g p a o sequence of teaching. You will learn; the logic behind the sequence, and how this method gets great results in children’s reading, spelling and writing. And, all specifics for teaching the sequence in your classroom.

To learn more about Get Reading Right and synthetic phonics please visit www.getreadingright.com.au

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Letters and Sounds

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource that aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

The materials are designed to assist speech pathologists and teachers in promoting speaking and listening skills so that children develop fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling and letter writing.

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