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January 31, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 03:47 am IST - Tirupur

Jolly Phonics shows the way

Christopher JollyR. VIMALKUMAR

Christopher JollyR. VIMALKUMAR

Christopher Jolly, a former teacher from London is a happy man now as ‘Jolly Phonics’ he co-propounded with two other teachers has spread globally beyond imagination.

Mr. Jolly, Sue Lloyd, and Sara Wernham developed the concept in 1992 in London as they found children struggling to understand the complexities of English even in English-speaking countries.

Their aim was to teach five basic skills of reading and writing: ‘Learning the letter sounds’, ‘Learning the letter formation’, ‘Blending’, ‘Identifying the sounds’ and ‘Spelling the tricky words’ through a fun-filled approach.

The Jolly Phonics is now practised in 140 countries helping children from age of three to ‘decode’ the language.

“The method has now got incorporated in the national education policies in Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, and Gambia, and practised widely in most of the schools in Republic of Ireland”, Mr. Christopher Jolly told The Hindu.

He wa here to attend an interaction organised for parents by White Clouds World School here.

Mr. Jolly and those in the network he created across the globe are now concentrating to reach out to parents too so that the children could be guided properly to practise what they learned.

Explaining the techniques, Mr. Jolly said that the children were taught ‘42 sounds’, categorised under seven groups, covering all 26 letters in the English alphabet.

These sounds include the ones generated by diagraphs too apart from standalone letters which in turn help the children learn even the complex words quickly, he added.

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