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Word Recognition
Phonological Awareness
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Word Recognition

Why teach phonics when the English spelling system is so irregular?

Dr. Louisa Moats, author of the LETRS professional development program for teachers, says the English spelling system is complex but also predictable and teachable. By understanding phoneme-grapheme correspondences and how spelling represents where a word came from, teachers can explain the spelling for about 90% of words.

To learn more, visit Reading Universe's skill explainer on letter names and sounds.

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