The Case for Acquired Phonics

Stephen Krashen and I have published a very short paper, “The Case for Acquired Phonics,” which argues that the “acquisition/learning” distinction applies to phonics.


Researchers in second language acquisition have hypothesized that there are two very different ways of gaining knowledge of language: acquisition and learning. Learning results in conscious knowledge of rules, and is the result of deliberate study. Acquisition results in a feel for correctness. It is the result of understanding what we hear and read.

We propose that this distinction applies to how we acquire/learn and use phonics.

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