Phonics resources (languages)

Many teachers are convinced of the value of teaching phonics (the ‘sounds’ of the language) to their learners in an explicit and memorable way. This collection of excellent resources gives teachers some ideas, strategies and materials for teaching and embedding phonics with younger learners.

French - Phonics resources

Francophoniques

  • A resource to teach the ‘sounds’ of French. Designed with a multi-layered VAK approach to fixing new learning in longer term memory, each key sound is given an iconic word that represents it. This word is learnt through a visual, a gesture and the sound of the word itself.

French phonics work – tons of stuff!

  • A rich treasure trove of work on French phonics! Lots of activities to do in the classroom. One of the most popular resources ever – don’t miss this one!

French cognates

  • I include this resource within my phonics collection because it encourages learners to make links between spelling and meaning through cognate patterns. With a sound knowledge of phonics, learners can be more autonomous in the way they access new language, and teaching them to recognise patterns like this is a crucial next step.

Handy phonetics

  • A very useful guide to key sounds in French.

Dictionnaire de Sons

  • This resource is an excellent way to build on the teaching of phonics and encourages learners to continue to build their vocabulary based on the commonalities of sounds/pronunciation.

Marc et Helene understanding cognates

  • This is one example of how learners can approach text with unfamiliar language – think of this worksheet a model that can be applied to lots of different texts.

German - Phonics resources

Jollyphonics

  • The now legendary phonics resource for teaching the sounds of German to beginner learners – written by Leigh McClellend from Comberton Village College.

Jollyphonics Pronunciation practice

  • A follow up lesson to the Jollyphonics introductory lesson, showing how the learning progresses.

German introductory lesson - cognates

  • Once the sound-written relationship has been taught through phonics, an ideal next step is to use cognates. Words that are easily identifiable for meaning and yet present pronunciation difficulties (not to mention cognitive conflict!) because they look so similar to English words make excellent learning activities.

German phonics starter 1

  • A rhyme to practise pronunciation patterns

Zungenbrecher

  • A very useful collection of tonguetwisters – for younger learners they could use some illustration, but this is a good start to a resource for practising pronunciation and embedding phonic knowledge.

Spanish - Phonics resources

Phonics 1

  • This very popular resource teaches the 16 main sounds of Spanish for English speakers, i.e. the key spelling-sound differences between Spanish and English. The approach uses a layered approach to memorising these sounds, which are embedded in key words and learnt through visual stimulus, the sound of the word and the all important gesture.

Spanish Phonics 2

  • Lesson 2 in the series is used to consolidate phonics knowledge and develop it further through fun activities.

Spanish Phonics 3

  • Lesson 3 in the series is used to consolidate phonics knowledge and develop it further through fun activities.

Spanish Phonics 4

  • Lesson 4 in the series is used to consolidate phonics knowledge and develop it further through fun activities.

Cognates starter – es posible

  • This starter activity is an example of how phonics knowledge can be extended and embedded through the use of cognates.