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The purpose of this course is to enable students to explore historical and current theories framing approaches to decoding/word study. Theories that define dyslexia or severe reading and writing problems will be studied to better understand connections to programs used for remediation. Students will also study the specific language structures that are used in phonics programs. Using readings from current research, class discussions and course assignments, students will make connections between phonemic awareness, phonics programs, specific reading/writing problems and the theories that frame them. Students will analyze the benefits of the programs studied for a variety of learners. Prerequisite: EDUC 860