Phonics is an approach to help learners recognise (read) and write or spell words that they say and hear. The materials are designed to increase ESOL teachers' knowledge and awareness of phonics, enabling them to integrate phonic approaches into teaching ESOL learners who are just starting to learn to read and write in English and to show teachers how a simple text can be used and exploited to develop learners' phonic awareness.
The pack consists of five sections, each closely linked to the five topics in the New to ESOL teaching materials. Each section is based around a text and focuses on certain aspects of phonics which can help beginner literacy learners to decode simple, familiar words. It is recommended that the suggested procedure and activities should be adapted by teachers to suit their learners and context, including differentiation and further practice activities. This introductory section discusses the use of phonics approaches with learners new to ESOL, gives an overview of the pack and contains resources that can be used by practitioners.