Teaching Phonics to Chinese L1 EFL Pupils: Pathway to the Future
Yu-Lin Cheng, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
IJCALLT Volume 2, Number 3, ISSN 2155-7098 Publisher: IGI Global
Despite that converging evidence has led to the mandate of phonics instruction in primary education in the UK, U.S. and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) China and Taiwan, teachers across the board (native or EFL, experienced or novice alike) have been found to lack the knowledge required for delivering high-quality synthetic phonics. While reforms to improve current practices are underway, it is vital that teachers are supported with well-designed educational technology (e.g., interactive synthetic phonics software) to maintain teaching standards and boost learning outcomes. Although well-designed interactive synthetic phonics software is available, it is not suitable for Chinese L1 EFL teachers and pupils. The current article introduces Easy Phonics (interactive synthetic phonics software designed specifically for Chinese L1 EFL teachers and pupils), presents preliminary findings using the software in classroom teaching, and confirms its potential to assist ‘phonics-untrained’ teachers in maintaining teaching standards and boosting learning outcomes. The current article, while supporting the use of educational technology in phonics teaching, does not suggest that educational technology can ‘replace’ teachers in phonics instruction.
Cheng, Y.L. (2012). Teaching Phonics to Chinese L1 EFL Pupils: Pathway to the Future. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 2(3), 76-94. IGI Global.