Fast-track Phonics

We are holding workshops for: early childhood; primary; and secondary ESOL teachers; teacher aides and homeschooling  parents, in 2023 and 2024:

  • Creative and fun teaching methods appeal to pupils, teachers and parents.
  • Research-proven methodology means guaranteed better results.

Early childhood – setting a literacy blueprint through phonemic awareness

  • Te Whāriki – Communication – Mana reo strand
  • What is phonemic awareness?
  • How does this advantage children in their early years?
  • Alphabet letters and sounds – why it is so important for children to know the difference?
  • Exploring alphabet sounds in a systematic, fun way, including writing.
  • Encouraging letter-sound awareness through flash card presentation and games
  • Stimulating early phonological awareness – what strategies can be used?
  • Monitoring children’s progress through simple assessments.
  • How parents and caregivers can reinforce phonemic awareness
  • Conclusion – How does the above relate to Te Whāriki ?

(This course covers all alphabet sounds.)

Early primary – setting a reading foundation through structured literacy approaches – Part 1

  • What is structured literacy?
  • Why is this so beneficial for all learners?
  • Developing phonemic awareness – how can we make this fun?
  • Developing phonological awareness – what multisensory strategies can be used?
  • Encouraging letter-sound recognition through flash card presentation and games
  • Encouraging letter-sound recognition through writing activities
  • Blending of sounds(encoding) for early reading; and segmenting of sounds(decoding) for reading and spelling skills.
  • Developing reading comprehension skills
  • Building sequential word banks
  • Developing handwriting and writing fluency skills
  • How parents and caregivers can reinforce structured literacy

(This course covers the 44 basic sounds of the English language. Parts 2 and 3 will cover the many alternative spellings of these sounds and silent letters.)

Intervention for Older Learners- using Structured Literacy approaches to build reading confidence

  • General overview – structured literacy approaches– teaching strategies
  • Science of Reading – research and findings
  • Multi-sensory resources for older learners – actions, songs, flashcards, workbooks, videos
  • Applying early reading strategies with a mature focus
  • Extending reading comprehension and writing fluency skills
  • Diagnostic assessment of learner difficulties – general introduction
  • Assessment tools – testing for knowledge of :
    – basic 44 sounds – most common spellings
    – alternative spellings of long vowels
    – alternative spellings of short vowels, consonants and silent letters
  • Assessing reading comprehension and writing fluency skills.
  • Using assessment results to plan intervention strategy and timeline
  • Strategies for building learner self confidence
  • Ongoing phonic checks/ general reading and writing assessment

In-person workshops

Evidence shows that structured literacy approaches work for all learners. However, when it comes to implementation, one size does not fit all.  An Eagle English ‘in-person’ workshop will enable teachers and teacher-aides to start using structured literacy approaches in a confident and effective manner.

Eagle English provides a prior consultation with relevant staff to tailor PLD to suit the needs of your school, ‘home school’, centre, or other education institution. PLD includes a comprehensive workshop,  follow-up classroom support, and optional follow-up workshops.

In Term 4, school-based PLD is available for primary, and secondary ESOL teachers in the Kapiti-Horowhenua and Wellington regions, by arrangement.

Online training

There is also online training for homeschooling and other interested parents/caregivers

Costs for all  workshops  include GST*

Initial consultation – phone, online or email………………Free


  • Participants are required to purchase the relevant teacher guide in advance.
  • Schools are required to provide a suitable room, equipment, and refreshments.                                                                                                                           (If this is not possible, additional costs will be incurred.)

Half day

$750 – up to 20 staff.
Extra staff $30 each

Full day

$1150 – up to 20 staff;
Extra staff $50 each

Follow-up classroom support

$150 per hour