Phonics: Alphabet Games on the Internet by The ENB.pdf

May 25 2010 0 Comments by The ENB

4 Links that will help kids learn the alphabet and study phonics.

I usually give a copy of this .pdf to most of the kids that I teach by Lesson 2 or 3 as a supplement on the flip side to a QTW p.. p.. "purinto."

Also, if I have the electronic blackboard available with a LAN hook-up, I usually show and demonstrate to the kids points 1: Alphabet Hunter and 4 (

Alphabet Hunter by is a great game for...

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Phonics as a platform for nurturing reading skills...

Jun 01 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

The Scope of Phonics and Japanese Kids


A Personal View of The ENB:

To be honest most of the materials I've used in the past in my eight years of experience are still pretty much on paper and cards, such as handouts, exercises and other things I have to 'digitalize' and get on this page as soon as possible.

Teaching phonics to Japanese children can be easy if you have a good system and if you follow certain steps to keep their attention it can be very rewarding when you see the kids starting to actually read.

They will stumble at first so the first step is to convince them with words of wisdom to be patient and that it is only a natural process to fight the learning of it which can make it troublesome to teach children phonics.

If your students learn to trust you and admire your teaching techniques they will soon adapt and overcome their fears of learning this delicate subject and eventually acquire the sounds connected to each letter of the alphabet and so on.

For each young learner, 'personal breakthroughs' are very important at this stage and your teaching techniques must supply that in order to promote this part of ELT, and second language acquisition.

On the whole, I like to keep my phonics lessons for children very short, and in quick bursts of at least 10 to 15 minutes at the max. At this rate, I'm trying to make the learning process as painless as possible without sacrificing too much on the learning curve and hoping to keep the lessons learner based for the materials I'm using for each certain 'mini phonics' lesson.

I start with the ABC Song and build up from there. I know that some people start their phonics programs directly from the sounds and do not teach the names first but almost every kid in Japan has heard of the Alphabet Song and it is very popular. To uninclude it, I think may be somewhat of an injustice to the kids. After they have mastered the song and the reading of the names somewhat I will usually create my phonics activities based on the 'personality' of the class. Active and 'super-genki' classes will use more active exercises than usual and calm classes can use a mixture of active, listening, and writing exercises to build up their alphabetical awareness first before actually going into the actual memorization process of the letter sounds. Also, I usually try to have the kids whenever possible to memorize 52 items first, two items that start with each letter of the alphabet. It serves the purpose of introducing each letter sound passively and sparks their interest as to why the picture of the "CAT" goes on the letter "C" card. (You see they can start teaching themselves as long as you show them the way.) Also, I never tell them I'm going to teach them phonics. I just call it "Alphabet Practice." Build up using only a few letters at a time. My worksheets usually have only four letters per exercise.

Remember, it is not really how well you are teaching the kids. Part of the process is how useful it is for them to know how well they can teach themselves and how easy it can be because they have all done it in their own mother tongue. I like to remind them that and sometimes in conversation with my students (with an HRT translating), I tell the kids if they complain too much, "What happened to your brain? You can only learn to read once, and that's it? Was it so painful the first time? Oh, I see, you don't remember. But you still learned how to read didn't you? So, let's think about that for a minute... hmm." And then we let the kids discuss it for a little while and after such a point I tell the kids "You know, I don't really have to teach you phonics if you don't want it because it's not supposed to really be in the program." (Yet, this conversation was a couple of years ago before Eigo Noto when I began teaching phonics in the classroom aside from teaching phonics privately to my private students prior to that.) I had to let the kids decide for themselves. They were old enough to decide how useful it could be to know how to read something in English or just learn phonics for their own personal development. Well, most students usually accept to study phonics on their own free will.

There will be more material and ideas on the way, so please keep in touch.


Alphabet Phonics Song

Genki English Alphabet Phonics Song


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