Why teach phonics and How?
David English House, Korea
There is a wide spread belief that the right level of rich language
input will lead to successful L2 learning as in the learning of L1.
For this reason many language teachers hope that their students will pick
up enormous amount of language items if they are given a rich contexts
of English and as a result they will ultimately have L2 system built in
their brain. However, EFL students have far too little exposure to
English to reach this false expectation. In an EFL situation, it seems
essential to teach students in a systematic way so that they can build
up what they learn.
The presenter will show how L2 learners can benefit from learning phonics,
learning to the sounds of alphabets and will compare this with the whole
word approach. The presentation will involve learning to read basic
Patrick Hwang is President of David English House, Korea.
He is the author of “Classroom English”. He has worked for 15 years
as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer. He taught at KNUE(Korea National
University of Education) and STTC. His interests are ELT games
and activities, L2 vocabulary learning, L2 reading and Corpus Linguistics.