Phonics (Tracey Chapelton)

TRACEY CHAPELTON: ‘Phonics for Very Young Learners of EFL: A Creative Approach’
British Council Spain, 2014


1. Emotional introductions

2. Point to the sound you hear (17:30)

3. Letter race (19:21)

4. Cross the River (22:06) stepping stones

5. Run to the …

6. Hula hoops (24:21)


1. Help the puppet

2. Word race (32:21) flash cards, spelling out

3. Fix the mistake

4. Running word dictation

Phonics Song

How to teach very
young learners successfully
Cambridge University Press ELT

6 Key principles of teaching very young learners:

3. They benefit from meaning-focused activities and natural language use – not from explicit rules
songs, rhymes and chants

17:10 we need more contact hours. It’s that simple as that: quantity matters.

age_appropriate_methodology19:02 An age-appropriate methodology:
– multi-sensory learning
– songs, chants and rhymes
– stories
– learning to interact
– playing games
– learning to think

26:49 Strategy 2: Use rhythm and auditory sub-modalities to help children to remember difficult words

29:20 Strategy 3: Revise lexical sets with the help fo memory games
30:08 What do you think is next?

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