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Teaching Phonics in Early Childhood

  • Categories Teaching
  • Duration 14h
  • Total Enrolled 5
  • Last Update April 29, 2024

About Course

Queensland University of Technology


Learn evidence-based skills for teaching phonics to young children

Intentionally and explicitly teaching the relationship between letters and sounds through play-based pedagogies is a crucial part of children’s literacy development. There is much popular debate surrounding this topic, amongst researchers, teachers, parents and education authorities. This course will share research-based knowledge and skills around code-based literacy in early childhood.


What topics will you cover?

  • What is code-related literacy?
  • What is phonics?
  • Why is phonics important in early childhood settings?
  • What are some evidence-based strategies for teaching phonics?

Who will you learn with?

Stacey Campbell

Early childhood literacy lecturer in the Faculty of Education at QUT. I am an experienced teacher whose research explores code-related literacy, phonics, and teachers’ beliefs and practices.



Who developed the course?

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QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide by the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in Brisbane, it attracts over 50,000 students.


What Will I Learn?

  • Describe code-related literacy, including phonics, phonemic awareness and phonological awareness
  • Explain why teaching and learning code-related literacy is important
  • Identify an appropriate strategy for teaching code-related literacy in early childhood settings

Topics for this course

8 Lessons14h

Ntroducing phonics?

Discover why phonics is such an important topic in early childhood education.
Welcome to the course00:01:52
Why is phonics important?

What is phonics??

Learn to define phonics and test your skills in a short activity.

Explore phonics?

Explore your own phonemic and phonological awareness with some short activities.

The debate?

Learn why teaching phonics is such a topical issue.

Wrap up?

Check your understanding before moving on to next week.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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This course gives us an idea of why we pay attention to phonics in children, and points the way. Not bad.

I totally agree with this course. As a mother, I have been paying great attention to my baby's pronunciation training.

This course teaches us as parents the importance of phonics in early childhood. We need to develop our children's pronunciation in different ways.

I personally enjoyed the course a lot. It was great to see the number of curriculums and activities which go behind to help nurture the child.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This is a general, introductory course aimed at anyone supporting children to prepare for school, including parents, educators and workers in early childhood education and care (ECEC), centre directors, early primary school teachers, and education leaders.