Breakthrough To English Literacy Using Synthetic Phonics Approach: A Case Study On A Remote Island School In Sabah, East Malaysia

Choon Keong, Tan and Kean Wah, Lee and Ayob, Norain Hadhari and Yong Wei, Chua and , and , Breakthrough To English Literacy Using Synthetic Phonics Approach: A Case Study On A Remote Island School In Sabah, East Malaysia. In: The International Conference On Early Childhood And Special Education (icecse) 2011,, 10-12 June 2011., Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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Abstract

Acquiring a functional literacy level in English has always been a challenge for children of rural schools in Malaysia especially for underprivileged children. The present study involved 1 class of preschoolers on the remote island of Mantanani, about 60 kilometers from the town of Kota Belud, Sabah, East Malaysia. The preschoolers were taught using the synthetic phonics approach, which involved multi-sensory learning through puppetry, singing, dancing, air writing, hopscotching, drawing and language games. They learned to recognize the main 42 sounds of English, and how to use these sounds to read and spell, as well as developing visual, listening and memory skills, and becoming familiar with some sight-words. Preliminary findings revealed that the preschoolers enjoyed learning using the synthetic phonic approach. Their letter reading skills improved by almost 5 times as indicated in the post-test. It is recommended that the Ministry of Education should continue to develop and support this approach in the newly designed KSSR curriculum to augment the development of basic literacy skills of young children

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Synthetic Phonics, Letter Sounds, English Literacy, Multi-sensory Learning
Subjects: Linguistics Education > TESL
Divisions: Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Depositing User: @ IT Manager UTM...
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 17:06
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 06:25
URI: http://merr.utm.my/id/eprint/1111

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