Phonemic Awareness

David Mitchell Portfolio Assignment

Definition

Phonemic Awareness is a student's understanding and awareness of speech that is composed of phonemes. Along with the students being able to hear, identify, and manipulate the phonemes, Phonemic Awareness is broken into two parts, aural (ear) and oral (mouth.

Rationale

Phonemic Awareness can be difficult for some students to grasp but it is highly necessary for them to become literate. Most adult readers believe phonemic awareness is a simple skill for younger children to learn (Devries p75), however that assumption could not be farther from the truth. Although some students tend to perform at a lower level of phonemic awareness than their classmates, there are multiple types of assessments that use activities based on the seven dimensions (Devries p81).

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