Grace Vilar Educational and Literacy Consultant Jolly Phonics Profesional Trainer
I was the Head of Primary at Colegio San Antonio in San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina until December 2011. When I joined the school back in 2002, the school's main concern was to raise standards and help children learn English as a Second Language as accurately as possible. I started the search for an effective phonics programme, and I came across Jolly Phonics in schools in the UK in 2006 when I was invited by Geoffrey Goodall, Chairman of the English Speaking Union in Oxford and Inspector of British Schools. I was struck by how effective the programme was. So I adopted it for my school! One of the major pluses of implementing JP at my school was the improvement in spelling and pronunciation, which was one of our major concerns. It was amazing to see that once the children had cracked the code of the 42 sounds, they immediately started to master the English language with the accuracy we had been seeking.It has given all the children greater confidence in writing and reading skills and the progression to reading books which are not purely phonic has been seamless because children are not afraid to pick up anything and have a go at reading it. For the first time in the school, reading aloud and writing is a pleasure, because all of them have good decoding skills. The whole school community is very impressed with the impact JP has had on our school. Teachers are delighted with the method and the results, thus enjoying teaching in a way they had not experienced before. Parents are delighted with their children's process of learning and how well they read and write. And children have boosted their self esteem showing enthusiasm and commitment to learning. The school standards raised dramatically. For me Jolly Phonics is most definitely a very useful scheme for teaching the letter sounds of English and goes a long way to helping non natives learn and develop good English language skills. As a result of the good results we got in our school, some other school in Argentina are adopting the Jolly Phonics and attending training courses. http://www.phonicsinternational.com/visitors.html
CSA, Independent reading. CSA, Independent reading. Rye St Antony, Reading time. With Debbie Hepplewhite, Elizabeth Nonweiler, and Coral George all Phonics Experts. Argentina Argentina UK, Oxford 2006 Newbury, UK 2010
In Oxford with the Goodalls. Rye St Antony School, Oxford. CSA Reading group. In Cambridge with Sue 2006 2006 Lloyd. 2008
Headington Prep UK Rye St Antony UK With Chris Jolly 2010
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