The following is extracted from a blog by Melinda Crean found here:
“You know at the end of university I didn’t have a clue how to teach kids how to read, write and spell. I came through university with the whole language approach to teaching reading. This approach is based on the visual memorisation of whole written words and doesn’t teach the skills or conceptual knowledge needed to read. When I came through uni, phonics was a bit taboo, and we were told that we don’t teach literacy like that anymore. I have had no exposure to phonics and don’t really know much about this approach to teaching reading”.