A Better Start to Reading

by edX

Learn how to prevent reading problems in children and how to use the shared book reading context in the most effective way to support children’s early reading development

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6 Weeks

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Online A Better Start to Reading Course by edX


Online A Better Start to Reading Course by edX


About this course:

Teaching children to read well results in a lifetime of benefits.

The research evidence is very clear about the importance of getting children off to a great start in their early literacy learning. Early reading success is the best predictor of later reading achievement, which in turn is closely linked to educational success and healthy wellbeing.

How can you as educators, parents or family members, help support children to develop a strong foundation of skills that are critical for early reading success? How can you best support struggling readers to be successful?

Across languages, research has shown that children’s knowledge of the sound structure of their spoken language (phonological awareness) is critically important to early reading and spelling development.

The ability to learn new words efficiently, or vocabulary growth, is also vitally important for children to understand what they are reading. Quality shared reading experiences in the early years is a great way to foster the development of these skills.

This course provides a research-to-practice learning experience for professionals and parents interested in the reading development of young children.

This course will ensure that teachers and professionals alike are reading books in the most effective way to support children’s early reading skills. The course content will be relevant for all young children, specifically focusing on the key foundational skills of phonological awareness, print concepts, and vocabulary knowledge for children aged 4-6 years.

The course will also include a focus on preventing reading problems, such as dyslexia, for children with familial risk, and children with other challenges to learning to read, such as speech and language difficulties.

As part of completing the course, students will be given access to a large set of online children books, especially designed to foster phonological awareness and vocabulary development.


What you'll learn:

  • What the critical skills are for children to develop as successful readers.

  • What phonological awareness and vocabulary is, and why this is important for early reading development.

  • How to use children’s books to foster phonological awareness and vocabulary knowledge for young children.

  • How to prevent reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, for children with increased risk.

  • How to support children with speech and/or language difficulties to develop as readers.

  • How to support children from different languages and cultures to experience reading success.

  • Online Branch

    Online, Online, Online
  • Teacher's Name
  • Gail Gillon, Amy Scott, Brigid McNeill
  • Teacher's Experience
  • Gail Gillon - Director of the UC Child Well-Being Research Institute at University of Canterbury Amy Scott - Research Project Manager - UC Child Well-being Research Institute at University of Canterbury Brigid McNeill Dr. McNeill is an international expert on literacy development in children with childhood apraxia of speech. Her prospective study of the validity and nature of childhood apraxia of speech has been supported by a Fast-Start Marsden grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand. Her research also focuses on developing and evaluating methods to better prepare teachers to support children’s early literacy development
  • Gender
  • N/A
  • Teacher's Nationality
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