Synthetic Phonics and Learning to Read: A Cross‐language Perspective

  title={Synthetic Phonics and Learning to Read: A Cross‐language Perspective},
  author={Usha Goswami},
  journal={Educational Psychology in Practice},
  pages={273 - 282}
  • U. Goswami
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Psychology
  • Educational Psychology in Practice
Arguments about how to teach initial reading are once more in the news. Proponents of “synthetic phonics” argue that there is only one effective way to teach a child to read. In this anniversary issue, it is worth taking a step back from the polarisation of the “synthetic” versus “analytic” phonics debate, to consider the evidence base for reading acquisition across languages. Most children will eventually become competent, indeed skilled, readers of their languages, but in some languages this… 
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