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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.

Find the playlist for the full set of videos in this module series here:

Reading Development Playlist

Find each of the modules from this playlist here:

Reading Development Module 1: What does it mean to know a language? 

Reading Development Module 2: Role of the SLP in Literacy

Reading Development Module 3: Phonemic Awareness

Reading Development Module 4: Phonics 

Reading Development Module 5a: Myths About Vocabulary Instruction 

Reading Development Module 5b: Role of the SLP in Vocabulary Instruction 

Reading Development Module 6: Reading Fluency 

Reading Development Module 7: Reading Comprehension

Reading Development Module 8: Bilingual Considerations

Please find links to research mentioned in this module here:

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.