British Council releases an English Phonics App for Kids
The British Council has released LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics Stories - an interactive phonics-based story app for iPad. LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics Stories is based on the UK phonics curriculum, 'Letters and Sounds', and contains a collection of eight stories, each focusing on a different set of sounds.
What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching reading which helps children understand language they see by introducing letters by their sound rather than name. This encourages them to connect the words they see with the words they hear.
When we spell letters we usually use the names of individual letters. So we say the first three letters of the alphabet like this: ‘ay, bee, cee’. But it can be easier for children to start by learning the sounds letters make, for example the word ‘cat’ is sounded ‘c-a-t’ not ‘cee-ay-tee’.
There are 26 letters in the alphabet but phonics uses about 44 sounds that combine or ‘blend’ to make words in English. Students are also taught to recognise sounds made by combinations of letters such as `ch’ and `sh’.
The idea is that children see letters or combinations of letters and they are able to say the sound the letters make. They can then put these sounds together to make words.
Build literacy and speaking skills
The app takes full advantage of the iPad’s technical capabilities and features crisp, high-definition illustrations, read-along audio narration and hundreds of interactive flaps and buttons for an engaging and dynamic reading experience. Each story also comes with a picture dictionary which allows children to review key words and test themselves at the end of each word set.
‘LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics is an exciting addition to the suite of LearnEnglish apps which the British Council offers,’ says Tracy Dumais, Mobile Learning Consultant at the British Council. ‘We are very excited to offer a story-book app which helps build a foundation for early literacy and speaking skills, and at the same time enables and encourages real-time interaction between children and family members through reading.
The addition of FamLoop to LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics really creates a unique family reading experience.’ LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics offers one free story on download and seven other stories available for purchase at USD1.99 each. The App includes parent’s guide in 6 languages; English, Cantonese, Thai, Korean, Japanese and Traditional Chinese, so parents are able to teach children using specific activities and exercises recommended by British Council.
The British Council Singapore offers a range of Pre-Schools, Primary and Secondary courses for Singaporean students at four centres across the island, namely: NapierRoad, Marsiling, Tampines and Toa Payoh. Our courses cover PSLE, O-level and A-level preparation as well as offering MOE aligned courses for all students from Nursery 2 to General Paper. We currently teach over 5,000 Singaporean school students every year and assist in the training of MOE teachers across the island.
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