Official English Language WORLD RESOURCES
There are more than 65 nations where English is an “official” language. The National Right to Read Foundation currently has contacts in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia. However, there is a need to teach those in other nations where English is spoken and written for business and trade purposes. We hope that this page helps to that end.
International Forums & Newsletters
People all over the world need quality resources to teach and learn English. Here is a listing of a few forums that can connect you with research, discussion, and guidance to consider and engage.
Forum: Phonics International’s “All sorts of articles, blogs, research and topics to stimulate debate!”
Forum: Reading Reform Foundation
Forum: UK Parliament Education Committee Phonics Forum: Primarily submissions in response to a call from the Department for Education in England for evidence with regard to ‘phonics.’
Newsletter: Learning Difficulties Australia Bulletin
Research Listing: Key Research Papers for Literacy and Learning Disabilities listing from Learning Difficulties Australia. Sites international papers from Australia, Scotland, UK, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, and more.
Resources to Help Educate Leaders
Resistance to the Research on Phonics and Reading
A video made recently by Debbie Hepplewhite of Phonics International in response to England’s call for comments regarding phonics. Debbie suggests there is a lack of common understanding in the teaching profession about the research findings and effective provision of reading instruction.
Phonics Screening Check Evaluation
Research into the effectiveness of schools’ phonics teaching practices from the UK’s Department for Education. The report provides an overview of participating schools’ phonics teaching practices and information about changes in practice since 2012. Get to the report here.
A Guide to Phonics for Parents and Schools
A great, 5-chapter guide created by Rising Stars.
Phonics Screening from the UK
Scoring guidance, children’s materials and answer sheet for the 2013 phonics screening check from the Standards and Testing Agency as part of the National Curriculum Assessments in the UK. These materials are published to help teachers and children become familiar with the phonics screening check. They include scoring guidance, children’s materials, practice sheet, and answer sheet.
Alphabetic Code Charts
The starting point for adult education, both training teachers and informing parents, and for many phonics programs is using the English Alphabetic Code itself in the form of Alphabetic Code Charts. An Alphabetic Code Chart is a core visual aid that lists the units of sound (42-ish phonemes plus some combined phonemes) down the left hand column with their corresponding spelling alternatives (graphemes) listed across the rows.
Phonics International: Written by the leading synthetic phonics expert, Debbie Hepplewhite, Phonics International (PI) is a highly-organised, systematic and yet flexible synthetic phonics programme (program) especially designed for all ages and needs and suitable for anyone who wants to learn to read and spell – perfect for schools, tutoring and homeschooling. Learn more here >
Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters: “The Foundations of Reading, Spelling and Writing for Every Child.” Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog have made Oxford Reading Tree the UK’s most popular reading scheme used by 80% of primary schools in the UK. Learn more here >