English Phonics for French Students and their English teachers.
This manual seeks to give English-speaking educators the tools and guidance necessary to teach English Phonics to their French students, as well as to give French-speaking Students and their parents the tools and guidance needed to learn and understand the pronunciation of English Phonics and their various spelling forms.
As with all my educational tools, I endeavor to find bridges between both French and English, so that what students know in their dominant language can help them in learning their second; thus avoiding mentally overloading them.
FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING TEACHERS, I EMPHASIZE:
- The similarities that exist in the two French-English phonetic systems.
- The sounds / phonemes that the French perceive with difficulty which will therefore require more intensive training.
- Phonemes that do not exist in French, so that English-speaking teachers can plan more work beforehand; in auditory discrimination for example.
- Graphemes which do not exist in French or whose reading differs from one language to another.
FOR FRANCOPHONE STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, I EXPLAIN:
- How to spot the similarities between English and French phonics, so as not to relearn what you already know.
- How to find a 'translation' for sounds in the English language which are difficult or unknown to a French ear. I do not use the symbols of international phonetics (as these will likely be a new language in themselves for non-professionals), but rather phonetic translations that children and parents can read and understand innately.
- Introduction, warnings, and explanations of tools such as © CatrA Color Code, written in English and French.
- Seven charts of English phonics and their correspondence in French.
- Introductions of each table, written in English for teachers.
- The last column of each table, written in French, provides pronunciation support to French students and the parents who wish to help them.
This manual is complementary to the the © French Phonic Kit's tools, for bilingual children.
The Alphabet Strip from the © French Phonic Kit, which contains identical reference words (in both meaning and spelling) in English and French, will be of particular interest to English-speaking teachers, and teachers of "Dual Language Programs".