Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Teaching "Jolly Phonics" - Coral George

I'm pleased to host Coral George talking about how she started to teach the "Jolly" way. Coral is a "Jolly phonics" expert who is based in Segovia Spain. I saw her give a presentation at TESOL Spain and was amazed at the results of her phonics teaching with YLs. 

Thank you Coral for taking the time to share with us.

My adventure teaching "Jolly Phonics" started back in the year 2005, in Segovia, in the Ministry of Education/ British Council Bilingual Programme, where I worked for 11 years.

I describe myself as a normal classroom teacher who was amazed by the results of using Jolly Phonics with very young students, 3 to 5 years of age.

I simply started teaching sounds and blending and slowy I could observe how my students were able to read simple words like: bed, dog, hat, run... as I presented more sounds, digraphs, "ai, oa, th, sh. I was very surprised to hear my students read words like: rain, sheep, goat, this.... in perfect English pronunciation!!!!

I was also teaching Science and Geography...developing the Integrated Curriculum from the MEC/ British Council project, so my Synthetic Phonics lessons were only 10/15 minutes per session.

Then when I finished presenting the 42 sounds I started teaching "Tricky Words" (Not fully decodable) and here is were a magical world started, Spanish children reading English books independently, which I have never read before to them, with more than 100 words.......

I soon realised that they could also write without copying!!! because they had the letter-sound correspondance interiorised.

While I was teaching Jolly Phonics the Ministry of Education in UK. had not changed their policies, so now in restrospective, I know I was ahead of my time.

I informed the managers in the project about the results and since then I have been training Spanish teachers of English, British teachers in state, private schools, I also deliver training sessions at Teachers Centres, and I have organised "Jolly Phonics, Pilot Schools" all over Spain with great help from "Jolly Learning" in UK.

I have even founded a "JOLLY CENTRE" in Segovia where more than 40 young students come to learn how to pronounce, read and write in English and at the same time I hold teacher training events once a month.

During these five years, I have trained teachers in UK, Portugal, Italy, Lebanon, Egypt and last but not least Pakistan. I have had the great pleasure to meet the most amazing teachers who are always willing to teach their students the best. For more information check

The latest news is that "SUE LLOYD" will be training in SEGOVIA on November 20th, if anyone wishes to attend please check


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Jason Renshaw Free Phonics Worksheets

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Two For the Price of One

My boyfriend is the kind of guy who comes home laden with toilet rolls or tuna fish because it was on offer. The famous slogan “Two for One” never fails with him. Tomorrow is my first day at a new secondary school and I’m going to be doing of a bit of “TEFL Two for One” namely CLIL. For those of you who may not know, CLIL stands for Content and language Integrated Learning. It’s a mouthful true, basically it means teaching a subject or part of a subject in a foreign language. At this point you may be wondering WHY? and that’s a good question. In theory it’s supposed to be a way of improving students’ competence in English without giving more timetable time to English. So we take an hour of maths and teach it English. I guess it’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul so to speak.

I like a challenge so I’m looking forward to maths, biology, music and technology in English. I’ve been studying musical notes and I can just about tell you what a staff, a whole note and a rest are, but although I’m enthusiastic I can’t help wondering if the aim is to improve students' English, is this the best way?

The jury is out on CLIL, only time will tell ,but until then I’m going to do my maths homework before class.

Are you CLILing? Or is it CLILing you?

Help Secondary School Exchange Wanted

Today a lovely teacher called Ana approached me saying that she is having difficulty finding a school to do some kind of exchange programme with. She is an English teacher in a secondary school here in Spain and she wants to do some kind of skype or messenger or e-mail exchange project this year with her students. I told her that I would ask out here in blog world and see if anyone could help...... Can anyone help? Is anyone interested?