Blending Phonics-based Reading with the Whole Language Approach

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Learn How to Combine Two Reading Approaches to Best Leverage Literacy within the Classroom

Research has shown that there are benefits to both Phonics-based and Whole Language theories of reading instruction and that most students are most successful if a combination of the two approaches are integrated into instruction. In this course you will develop a deep understanding of both teaching practices, evaluate your classrooms needs and create an approach that you think will be most beneficial. Examining the grade-level learning goals, you will determine how you will address each learning goal and map out instruction.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers that want to utilize a balance of Phonics-based Reading and the Whole Language Approach.

Course Materials:  No textbook requirement.

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EDU-X709R – 007 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Blending Phonics-based Reading with the Whole Language Approach

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Veronica Reyes

Once you have enrolled in your course, to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Explain the elements that make up Phonics-based Instruction and the Whole Language Approach
  • Recognize the advantages of Phonics-based Instruction
  • Recognize the advantages of the Whole Language Approach
  • Identify learning goals and blend the reading techniques to best address them
  • Design an appropriate assessment to show mastery of learning goals


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