The biggest mistakes I made when teaching phonics

One of the first mistakes I made when I began teaching phonics, was teaching the wrong letter sounds. Because most of the videos on YouTube either use incorrect letter sounds or they mix up long and short sounds (thereby potentially confusing children), it was an easy...

The secret to expanding your phonics games bank

When I first started teaching phonics, the teachers were given a small games bank of ideas for using in our phonics lessons. Later, I realised that, whilst some games (like duck duck goose) are really good for teaching phonics, the secret to expanding your phonics...

Using puppets in your phonics class

Puppets are often used to help with error correction in very young learner classes, because they can help correct errors in a way that doesn’t make the student feel self-conscious, or wrong. The above video shows a powerful application of that technique in a...

Creating a phonics curriculum

I’m very excited about my latest project of creating a phonics curriculum specifically for EFL very young learners. One of the reasons I want to take on this project is that most commercial phonics programs (like Jolly Phonics) are designed for native speakers...