Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

 

What is phonolgical knowledge?  Why is it important?

Phonological knowledge is the foundation of our understanding of how spoken words translate into written words.

Phonological knowledge is what we know about sound patterns in words. It includes being able to learn how to say an unfamiliar word, being aware that some words share common sounds, that individual sounds can be blended to form longer sound sequences and being able to manipulate sounds in words.

(Ref: Munro, J.K. 1998 - Assessing and Teaching Phonological Knowledge. ACER)