Learning to listen and notice

Roisin O’Farrell offers some practical activities to help very young learners notice sounds.

Phonics is a popular talking point in language teaching today. Obviously it helps learners to have a basic grasp of the similarities and differences between the spoken and written form of a new language, especially as these may not be so pronounced in their mother tongue. In English they’ll be learning many different sounds, a spoken rhythm and more complicated spelling. Very young children are generally better disposed to assimilate new sounds naturally, as they are still in the process of establishing their native sound system. However, it is still necessary to actively encourage an awareness of sounds, how sounds make up words and later, the different ways in which those sounds are represented in written form.

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Phonics flashcards: Group 1 sounds

Phonics flashcards: Group 1 sounds

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Phonics flashcards: Group 2 sounds

Phonics flashcards: Group 2 sounds

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Phonics flashcards: Group 3 sounds

Phonics flashcards: Group 3 sounds

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