Rachel Hawkes and Robert Woore presented Teaching the sounds of the language: how and why for KS3 and KS4 at a half day webinar on 25 May 2021. This is the second of five online NCELP sessions hosted by the Network for Learning at Bath Spa University, Institute of Education.

Session summary:
The revised GCSE modern foreign languages (MFL) subject content considers sound- symbol correspondences as core literacy and sets out a list of the sound-symbol correspondences that represent key differences between the new language and English. Students are expected to learn these, to be able to read aloud and transcribe them.

What is the rationale for teaching the sound-writing relationship? How do we teach it effectively and engagingly? How can we integrate it with meaning and with culture? Many of us as teachers did not learn how to teach phonics as part of our training.

This session aims to equip teachers with the pedagogical knowledge, but also with ideas and resources, for phonics teaching in Modern Languages at Key Stage 3 and 4.

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