After this workshop, I feel able to explicitly teach phonetic skills. In most teacher-preparation courses or in-service sessions, how to teach phonics is not covered. We are very good at preparing future ESOL teachers to integrate top-down techniques into their teaching, but with bottom-up techniques, we have not been very effective. I’m very anxious to begin using this new knowledge.
We were reading The Secret Garden in class. The students could not say Craven (the last name of one of the characters). I asked if they remembered the r blends. Their faces lit up and they then knew exactly what to do.