Using phonics in adult literacy Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 10:10

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The increasing use of phonics as an approach to teaching adult literacy and language, was discussed at a seminar held by NIACE on Tuesday 31 March 2009.

The participants were tutors using phonics-based approaches with their learners, as well as people with an academic interest in the teaching of literacy and language.

Professor Greg Brooks and Dr Maxine Burton provided an overview of Improving Reading: Phonics and fluency - research examining the use of phonics with adult learners, carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC).

Rachel Davies, Development Officer, Literacy, Language and Numeracy at NIACE, said:

"Tutors in adult literacy and numeracy are increasingly using phonics as an approach to working with their learners and many report very encouraging results. The purpose of the seminar is to share practice and to develop a picture of how this approach is currently being used in the field."

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