Theoretical Review of Phonics Instruction among EFL Beginner-level Readers in China

Minjie, Chen and Guojie, Yin and Hock Seng, Goh and Ruey Shing, Soo (2022) Theoretical Review of Phonics Instruction among EFL Beginner-level Readers in China. International Journal of Academic Research in Progressive Education and Development, 11 (2). pp. 449-466. ISSN 2226-6348

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This article aims to conduct a theoretical review of phonics and its instruction among EFL beginners in China to provide an overall understanding of the basic concepts of phonics and phonics instruction, as well as the relevant theories. Based on previous literature, the findings indicated that phonics refers to the letter-sound relationship and that phonics instruction is the optimal teaching activity through which to implement phonics. Three major phonics instruction approaches can be identified, of which the synthetic phonics instruction approach might be the most appropriate for EFL beginners. In addition, to enhance the effects obtained from phonics instruction, beginners should be prepared with knowledge of the alphabet and phonemic awareness. Finally, certain relevant theories, such as behaviourism and constructivism, may provide the theoretical foundation for phonics and its instruction in EFL settings in China.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phonics Instruction, EFL Beginner-Level Readers, Behaviourism, Constructivism, Zone of Proximal Development, Cognitive Development.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Shing
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2022 03:04
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2023 08:04

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