EAL: The power of phonics

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By Halina BoniszewskaEAL teacher

Using phonic programmes with new English speakers can be rewarding

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Problem:My headteacher insists that we teach children phonics through the Department of Education’s Letters and Sounds programme, but I question whether this is the right approach for some of our EAL children who have no idea what some of the words mean.

Answer: First of all, it is excellent that your headteacher insists on the Letters and Sounds programme. Research shows that children who are taught to read through phonics make faster progress in reading and spelling than those children who have not had experience of this method.

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  1. Mrs Pauline Brown
    on 23 September 2014

    phonics for eal pupils

    i found this to very helpful i will try this out in school.
    Kind Regards