Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear/identify the individual sounds that make up words and then manipulate them. Phonemic awareness is one of the best predictors of later reading development which is why it is an essential part of speech therapy, at risk services as well as a support in the general education classroom. English Language Learners (ELLs) face special challenges acquiring language and phonemic awareness simultaneously that should be considered in supporting ELL reading development. This module also presents related research and evidence based strategies that can be used to support development of phonemic/ phonological awareness.
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National Reading Panel (US), National Institute of Child Health, & Human Development (US). (2000). Report of the national reading panel: Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction: Reports of the subgroups. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.