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Bringing phonics to life for younger learners

Bringing phonics to life for younger learners


Instructing phonics might be enjoyable! No one desires a silent major classroom, so it’s the proper place for sounds to be explored and dropped at life. On twenty seventh April, I’ll be exploring the fantastic world of phonics in a webinar. Child’s Field New Technology, the brand new major course from Cambridge, integrates phonics into lesson materials. There are sheep sporting socks and parrots guarding grapes from crocodiles! Utilizing this materials as inspiration, I’ll show how one can have enjoyable with phonics and get your younger learners speaking.

Learn on for a sneak peek and to register!

Is phonics for me?

Some time again, after I was a bilingual program coordinator at a college in Brazil, I heard one of many English academics say she didn’t train the phonics a part of the e book as a result of she felt repeating a bunch of rhyming phrases wasn’t related. I used to be fairly stunned as a result of I’ve a really completely different perspective. Particularly as a result of educating phonics is one in every of my favourite components of a lesson! I really like bringing sounds to life and educating college students “hacks” to decode the language when they’re studying.

I began desirous about why that instructor didn’t suppose it was related. And the way I may assist her by exhibiting the significance of phonics for major learners. Why don’t some academics prioritize this of their classes? One potential cause is that as a result of most academics realized English as adults, they weren’t taught phonics the identical manner they realized their first language. So some aren’t assured educating them to younger learners. Different academics really feel it’s not a vital a part of educating and solely do it when there’s spare time throughout the lesson.

So, is educating phonics necessary or not?

Firstly, we have to perceive what phonics means. In response to the Cambridge Dictionary, phonics is a technique of educating individuals to learn, primarily based on studying the sounds that letters characterize. Wiley Blevins, in his e book Phonics from A to Z, says that so as to have the ability to learn, the primary purpose is automated phrase recognition. That’s, decoding phrases, changing them from the printed phrase into spoken language precisely. Subsequently phonics is important for college kids to develop studying and talking abilities.

Nonetheless, educating phonics to youngsters is just not the identical as to grownup language learners. They don’t have the  vocabulary vary essential to decode phrases into sounds. Carol Learn makes an necessary level in her e book, 101 Ideas for educating major youngsters, when she says that educating phonics is not only about sounds, there must be context.

Phonics in context

In Child’s Field New Technology, this was addressed when getting ready the talking and spelling sections. Sounds and spelling is in each unit and all the time throughout the context of the vocabulary or grammar subject taught in that unit. It’s supported with movies and quite a lot of observe actions to assist youngsters use sounds and spelling in a pure and fluent manner. 

Instructing phonics begins with recognizing the letters and sounds of the alphabet, shifting to extra complicated appears like consonant blends and clusters to condemn stress. In Child’s Field New Technology, ranges 1 to three concentrate on single sounds and phrase stress. Whereas ranges 4 to six concentrate on mixing appears like clusters, digraphs and sentence stress.

Wait till you see Monty the mouse or Lock the detective train sounds and spelling in probably the most whimsical methods! Right here, there’s specific phonics instruction, however in a manner college students get pleasure from, so studying turns into extra pure.

Let’s get all people speaking!

Are you intrigued to fulfill Monty the mouse and Lock the detective? And questioning whether or not the crocodiles managed to steal the grapes from the parrots? Within the webinar, we’ll have a more in-depth take a look at how sounds and spelling can come to life for younger learners. I’ll take you thru methods that can assist you develop into extra assured about educating phonics and integrating it into your classes. I’ll additionally take a look at the way it helps pupils to develop different necessary abilities in language studying equivalent to studying, writing and naturally… talking!

The New Technology webinar collection

That is one in every of a collection of three New Technology webinars for academics of younger learners. You may also register for:

Rising, studying and having enjoyable collectively within the major classroom!

with Caroline Nixon and Michael Tomlinson, on 23rd March

Be part of us as we discover the significance of creating social connections within the major English classroom, how this helps younger learners to develop a way of self and methods to embrace the enjoyable!

Actions for younger learner examination preparation – with smiles all spherical!

with Jane Ritter, on 11th April

Whether or not you’re skilled within the artwork of examination preparation, or new to working it into your classes, this webinar gives recent perception into conserving your learners smiling by means of preparation – and exams themselves!

You may register for all of the New Technology webinars by filling in this manner.

Discover out extra about Child’s Field New Technology and obtain pattern content material right here.


Belvins, W. (2017) Phonics from A to Z: A Sensible Information. Instructing Assets.

Learn, C. (2020) Carol Learn’s 101 Ideas for Instructing Major Youngsters. Cambridge College Press and Evaluation.