Accelerating language learning using phonics

7 Nov

The trainees at York seem very keen to hear about how to teach the sound-spelling link in MFL so I have brought this session forward and am due to teach it tomorrow instead of after Christmas.

For those of you who know me, I spent most of last year in my roles as SSAT LP for Languages ( and Links into Languages regional trainer (, travelling up and down the country talking passionately about phonics and how it can really help to accelerate language learning.  

The bottom line is: it absolutely works and allows pupils to become much more independent of the teacher.

Take a look and please let me know if you successfully try out any of the ideas!


PS The wording and numbering on some of the slides is a bit wonky in Scribd format but should be fine if you download it.

NB The presentation contains some audio clips and video files which will probably not play- do email me 

if you want me to send them to you via email as I would be more than happy to do so.

PPS I am fortunate enough to be attending a half day training session on Phonics next Thursday at TASC, Leeds led by Wendy Adeniji (, who is an excellent speaker and trainer so I’ll be reporting back from that too! 


One Response to “Accelerating language learning using phonics”

  1. samualjames February 11, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Hey, i totally agree with this blog,classes are really beneficial for everyone.I think your advice is excellent. Learning a language is a continuous, everyday happening. You learn little-by-little. I firmly believe in reading target novels you have previously read in your own language. Good idea!Love it.<a href="">Learn Spanish Software</a>

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