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A phonics focus in EAL withdrawal classes

Discussion in 'EAL' started by grdwdgrrrl, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    My line manager is insisting on a phonics focus during our classes. I’m not sure how much focus is needed for the upper key stages or should it be more important to cover pronunciation.
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Phonics is to do with the sounds in words... so pronunciation is a part of phonics.
  3. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    I’ve heard/ read different points of research on this depending on the home language.
    Thanks for your input.
  4. FrauSue

    FrauSue New commenter

    I think it depends on the main problems you are encountering with your learners.
    If they can't decode written words because they have trouble associating the written phoneme with the sound it makes, then teach phonics. (e.g. if they see the word "sky" but think it's associated with skiing.)
    If they understand the word's meaning, but their poor pronunciation makes it hard to understand them, you should teach pronunciation. (e.g. If they want to say "I like to ski" but it sounds like "I like to sky.")
  5. ime20

    ime20 New commenter

    The Learning Village has a complete learning journey on phonics. The learners get the opportunity to speak, listen and read. There are also resources for small group teaching as well as independent learning.

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