About this course

**To support efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you can now choose to take our English level test at home or at our English Language Centre.** 

Find out how English words are constructed and pronounced correctly and learn multiple techniques for practising phonics at home with your child in a fun and memorable way.

This course has been designed to help parents, relatives or caregivers understand what their children are doing in class and provide them with practical information and ways to support their child’s learning. It is also relevant for adults who are interested in phonics for their own personal learning and development.

In Module 1, you will be looking at:

  • what phonics is and how phonics helps yourchild learn reading and spelling
  • the four key skills of saying and recognising all the 42 sounds, blending, segmenting and letter formation
  • helping your children to practise pre-writing and writing skills
  • the International Phonetic Alphabet so that you can extend your own pronunciation skills.

In Module 2, you will be looking at:

  • initial and ending consonant blends and blending two-syllable words
  • how to help your child identify, read and spell tricky words, and recognise alternative spellings
  • some common irregularities in English spelling
  • how to select phonics books and get free and useful phonics activities online.

Entry requirement

Lessons will be conducted in English. Participants need to take an English level test and achieve at least Pre-intermediate level in order to take the course.

Learning outcomes

Help your child to develop their reading skills and learn practical information and ways to support your child’s learning at British Council and beyond.

To develop your own knowledge and awareness of phonics

Learning phonics will help you recognise patterns in words and help you read and spell better.

To learn letter sounds and reading skills taught to your child in class

Gain confidence in letter sounds and reading and spelling skills so that you are better able to support your child at home.

To create practical activities to review phonics with your child

Learn about and create your own fun activities to practice and review phonics with your child.

Timetable and course fee

Course starts in:September / November / February / May

Course length:2 modules per course. 13.5 hours per module over 9 weeks. One 1.5 hour lesson per week

Special offer:5% discount for registering for two modules in one transaction.

Download the timetable at the bottom of this page.