Hooked on Phonics: Strategies for Teaching Phonics to Young Learners

Phonics are a HUGE part of TESL but unfortunately, it often gets sidelined in favor of “more important” skills like conversation or grammar. Teaching children how to read properly at a young age gives them a head-start towards being able to read English.

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Phonics, the sounds and letters that make up language, is one of the main methods of developing children’s reading skills.  Phonics uses a “part-whole” concept to teach the pronunciation of words, as opposed to the “whole language” method of recognizing entire words. For example, a child will learn the “-at” sound, and then add consonants to it to form words like “cat, bat, hat, rat, fat”.

Phonics helps learners of a new language break words down into individual syllables, improving accuracy in pronunciation. Teaching phonics shows the relationship between letters and sounds, and helps children develop pronunciation skills.

Strategies for teaching phonics930

Phonics can be a fun subject to teach for young learners! There are all kinds of games, songs, videos, and other activities to help children develop their phonemic awareness skills. One way is to use visual representations of letters (the alphabet). Young learners need to first learn…

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