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Phonics helps teach children how to merge separate sounds together to make it one word. from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is phonics and why is it important?

Phonics instruction gives children letter-sound knowledge, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves.
The great potato cake/scallop/fritter divide. Rosey Billington, Lauren Gawne, Kathleen Jepson, and Jill Vaughan 'Mapping words around Australia' (bit.ly/AusWordsMaps)

Togs or swimmers? Why Australians use different words to describe the same things

Australian's care so much about regional differences in words because it's a reflection on a person's identity.
The language used to talk about children with disabilities must be changed before attitudes will shift. Siegfried Modola/Reuters

Mind your language: talking about children with disabilities

Language can be used harmfully to construct categories of others. The words we use in describing children with disabilities need to be examined, challenged - and changed.

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