Teaching Phonics to Elementary ELLs: Using an Integrated Approach. Speaker: Cecilia Salzer (Darby Elementary School). Saturday, May 17th, 2014 in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Ms. Salzer presents the techniques for teaching phonics to elementary English Language Learners to the Nagasaki JALT community.
Abstract: What child does not like to sing the ABC song or write the letters? They are all eager to learn the alphabet, identifying letters and matching sounds. Once that is achieved, however, the difficult and often challenging task of decoding begins. What follows is fluency and comprehension. From a teacher’s perspective, top-down or bottom-up approaches must be considered. Do you teach phonics or whole language or use a balanced approach? This workshop will give teachers an overview of how to teach elementary school ELL’s reading using phonics. The primary focus will be decoding. Participants will learn how to teach mapping letters to sounds using existing vocabularies while introducing new and relevant words for practice and application. Vowel and consonant patterns, phonics approaches (blended/synthetic phonics, analytical phonics and embedded phonics), and phonics rules will also be discussed. An examination of problems related to L1 interference and transfer will briefly be considered. The discussion will conclude with reviewing integrating four skills for a balanced approach. A packet with lesson ideas, activities, and resources will be provided for all participants.