Why teach Synthetic Phonics to ESL students?


There’s one or more ways to skin a cat can be an idiom which means there are many ways to achieve something. In many cases, it’s definitely true, there’s usually one or more solution to an issue and various ways to approach most jobs. When speaking about teaching reading, there are various strategies which have been reviewed and debated. The aforementioned idiom also implies that the issue might be approached in several ways, but the final result may be the same. The mode of teaching is just as significant, perhaps more so, as what’s instructed, and it substantially affects the results.

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Explicit phonics, additionally referred to as synthetic phonics, constructs from part to entire. It begins with the education of the letters with their related sounds. Next, explicit phonics teaches combining and assembling, starting with mixing the sounds into syllables and after that into words. Explicit phonics is clinically proven and research based. Implicit phonics, also referred to as analytic phonics, moves from the entire to the tiniest part. Phonemes associated with specific graphemes aren’t pronounced in isolation. ESL students examine words plus look for the common phoneme in some words. Through assessment, they deduce which grapheme to write or which phoneme to read.

Blending and assembling are not generally taught, and ESL students need to identify new words by their condition, starting and ending letters, and context clues. This evaluation of the entire word to its components is needed only when a young child can’t read it as an entire word. Research continues to be decisive that specific phonics instruction is the most efficient. The National Reading Panel’s report on its quantitative clinical tests on regions of reading education was published in 2000. The panel reported that many reading techniques are crucial to become good readers: phonics, fluency, language, and text understanding. Scientific research has clearly shown that specific phonics instruction is the single most efficient strategy for all ESL students.

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Top 5 Resources on Synthetic phonics for home based online ESL teachers


The following sites have proven to be the most reliable sources for synthetic phonics for home-based ESL teaching. They all provide great features and this makes them part of our top 5 list

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1. http://caite.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/phonics/?page=video
Very effective and reliable site for information on Synthetic Phonics.


2. This is a great video on Synthetic Phonics sounds.

English Phonics Sounds



3. http://www.getreadingright.com.au/phoneme-pronunciation/

This site offers great programs on Synthetic Phonics and it has a large number of interesting articles and papers.


4. http://www.syntheticphonics.com/
Another excellent source and it also has a message board for great discussions.


How to set up and use the Phonics International programme

5. https://phonicstrainingonline.com/

This is a very good site with a great training course for those interested in learning all they can about Synthetic Phonics.


Please let me know if you have any other resources for teaching Synthetic Phonics! I will add them to the list. Happy Teaching!

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