FAQ - Synthetic Phonics Course

What is Synthetic Phonics?

Synthetic Phonics is a very structured system of learning to read, write and spell using a multi - sensory approach of:

  • Letter-sound matching using the 42 phonemes
  • Skill of sound blending (synthesis) for reading
  • Skill of segmentation (hearing sounds in words) for spelling and writing

Synthetic Phonics breaks words into the smallest units of sound and combines them to make words


What are the benefits of learning Synthetic Phonics?

Learners start to read immediately. Progression is clear and at a fast pace.

  • Literacy standards are increased well above the learner's actual age.
  • Boys become as good as girls, who traditionally reach literacy faster.


How do we know Synthetic Phonics works better?

Educational psychologists have evaluated the system over many years, using match groups and other scientific controls, with positive results. Research has been conducted by the following, very respectable universities in the UK :

  • St. Andrews
  • Dundee
  • Warwick
  • York
  • Institute of Education, London

According to the BBC (7 April 2005): A study of schools in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, has shown that this method can raise significantly the rate of progress in reading.

By the age of 11, children who had been taught Synthetic Phonics when they began reading were more than three years ahead of their peers in Scotland.


How does Synthetic Phonics differ from other phonics methods?

MLC Synthetic Phonics introduces vowels and consonants at the very beginning of the course and children can start blending and reading right away. Other phonics programmes introduce vowels much later and the start of actual reading is much delayed.

The teaching methodology and class activities in MLC Synthetic Phonics are unique. Research has indicated that children who learn Synthetic Phonics make a flying start with their literacy, and are more likely to be able to sustain their early advantage.


What is the suitable age for learning Synthetic Phonics?

The system lends itself to various age groups, starting with the very youngest aspiring readers.