4.2 Word Reading Development

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • Describe why phonological skills are central to learning to read an alphabet-based writing system
  • Identify the development levels of phonological skills and word-reading skills and how they each contribute to the development of each other


Watch the session below.

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • Alphabetic writing systems like English are based upon phonemes in spoken language
  • Phonological skills underlie each aspect of word-reading development
  • Exposure to an alphabetic writing system promotes phoneme-level skills in typically developing readers

Reflect & Connect

How might the different approaches to reading instruction inform your current work? What might you need to considers when communicating about reading instruction with families with colleagues?