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Hong Kong

Professional Development Days in Literacy Teaching using Jolly Phonics and Grammar with Beverly Sace, Santina Di Mauro and Kayoko Yamashita:

Dates For Your Diary In the School Year 2017-2018

All sessions are at 10am to 5pm at the Literacy Asia HQ (smaller groups) or TBC.

SUMMER SESSION: August 5 & 6, 9 & 10, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Modules 1&2, 5&6.

CHRISTMAS SESSION: December 16, 17, 19, 20 & 21. Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Modules 1-2 are by Beverly Sace and modules 3-4 are by Santina DiMauro, with a SEN module by Kayoko Yamashita on 21st December.

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Module 1: Getting Started in Teaching Jolly Phonics (Taught by Beverly Sace)
Why is Synthetic Phonics important and why is Jolly Phonics the best programme to teach young children?
Teach the first 42 sounds of English using the five skills of Jolly Phonics, includes practical hands on classroom workshop.

Module 2A: Spelling and Writing with Jolly Phonics (Taught by Beverly Sace)
How do children learn how to spell?
How do we teach dictation?
How can we encourage children to write independently and creatively? Start teaching spelling and writing using alternative spellings.

Module 2B: Grammar 1 & 2 (Taught by Beverly Sace)
Now your students can read and write – what’s next?
This course will inform you on the teaching of a solid grammar foundation for children in K3 and up. This is important for Primary One and Two children!

Module 3: Grammar 3 & 4 (Taught by Santina Di Mauro this year!)
Children’s knowledge of Grammar is extended, advanced and refined. For teachers of children in P2 and up. Authentic English children’s literature is also used to support grammar teaching.

Module 4: Grammar 5 & 6 (Taught by Santina Di Mauro this year!)
Advanced grammar teaching for senior primary teachers of P3 and up. Very useful for Secondary School teachers wanting to help their students as well!

Module 5: Introducing Jolly Phonics to very young learners (Taught by Beverly Sace)
This course introduces phonological and phonemic awareness in the context of and using Jolly Phonics. Skills needed to strengthen children’s pre-reading skills such as sound discrimination, manipulation and oral blending and segmenting are explored. Perfect for kindergarten teachers and parents of 2 year old children and up.


Module 6: Spelling throughout primary and secondary school using Jolly Phonics and Grammar (Taught by Beverly Sace)
Spelling development using the Jolly Phonics series is discussed in this module. This includes the trainer’s research on spelling using Jolly Phonics, as well as morphological awareness in the primary and secondary years. The spelling component of the Grammar books is closely discussed. Perfect for primary and secondary school teachers and parents.

Jolly Phonics Trainer Beverly Sace’s approach to professional and parental learning includes research-informed practices, balanced with practical examples and advice. Read more about her profile here. She is joined by Santina Di Mauro (from Australia), and Kayoko Yamashita (from England and Japan). To deliver Jolly Phonic and Grammar sessions effectively, teaching professional need to meet learners’ needs from pre-kindergarten to early secondary.

Special Needs Education With Jolly Phonics: 

Supporting The Acquiring Of English Reading And Writing Skills For Children With SPLD, ASD Or ADHD.

Training by Kayoko Yamashita:

December 21 2017, 10am to 5pm.

Why and how is Jolly Phonics effective in helping children with Special Needs? 

What classroom activities can help children? 

Join us as Kayoko shares her experience and expertise.

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Jolly Phonics Modules 1 & 2 (with Beverly Sace) are prerequisites for M3-M4 and SEN courses.

Who should attend?

Teachers, especially English teachers and class teachers

School Principals, owners and administrators

Parents and Committee members of PTAs

Other Personnel who manage or deal with children at the nursery to senior primary education levels.

Applying Jolly Phonics to Reading Comprehension & Writing with Jolly Phonics Trainer Santina DiMauro:

If your students have started Jolly Phonics and/or Jolly Grammar, seasoned trainer Santina DiMauro will help you extend and apply your students’ Jolly Phonics and Grammar knowledge into reading comprehension and writing.

In this workshop, teachers will gain an understanding of:

  • best practice when teaching reading comprehension and writing in the early years.
  • strategies children can use when reading.
  • the importance of vocabulary to enhance comprehension.
  • the relevance of explicit phonics and grammar instruction, which will be highlighted together with strategies to assist students in connecting the phonics and grammar knowledge to their writing .
  • the writing process, which will be explored incorporating a child’s role as ab author and as an editor.
  • hands-on, practical activities to explicitly teach grammar and how these can be incorporates into the context of children’s writing.

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Jolly Faith Learning Centre

Jolly Faith Learning Centre (JFLC) has been a professional training centre in Hong Kong since 1998. Since then, Andus Li and the native English teachers have maintained regular contact with Jolly Learning Ltd. in developing local teaching methods.

Our main trainers are Jolly Phonics Professional Trainer Andus Li; who has over 20 years classroom experience and author of published text books currently used in more than 30 kindergartens, and Joella Hawley; an experienced teacher of phonics, drama and creative writing.

JFLC has hosted 90 training workshop sessions in the last 19 years, providing training to more than 200 teachers from over 100 kindergartens. JFLC has delivered training in Dongguan, Guangzhou and Beijing, China. JFLC remains focused on the particular local circumstances and designing the curricula needed.

Who should attend?

Teachers and assistants serving kindergartens and early primary grades, school principals and parents who are eager to participate in their children’s early education.

Training format

Jolly 1 Practical Workshop for Teachers and Parents

1. Introduction on Synthetic Phonics

2. The Jolly Phonics Teaching Roadmap – 42 letter sounds, blending skills, identification of sounds in words, tricky words, etc.

3. Terminology used in teaching phonics – phoneme, grapheme, syllable, consonant and vowels, digraphs, diphthong, etc.

4. Effective teaching of the 42 basic sounds – storylines, songs, tricky words and basic blending skills

5. Revision and short test

6. Q & A, certificate distribution and light refreshments

Jolly 2 Practical Workshop for Teachers and Parents

1. Revision of the 42 basic sounds – storylines and actions

2. Basic phonology knowledge revision

3. How to teach alternative spellings effectively

4. Enhancements, extension and enrichments for effective teaching – tricky word lists (Level 1-30), magic “e”, storylines and songs, fingering, colours and actions, classroom setting, etc.

5. Reading – introduction to Jolly Readers, levelled books, reading assessment tools (e.g. running record), how to determine the level of a book, etc.

6. Hands-on reading assessment

7. Magic Writing – elaboration on Magic Writing, application, examples, progress monitoring, helping emergent young writers, etc.

8. Teaching plans (for teachers only when needed)

9. Q & A, certificate distribution and light refreshments

Jolly 3 Practical Workshop for Teachers only

Jolly 3 is a review session for teachers who have been trained in Jolly 1 and 2 and applied Jolly Phonics in school for some time.

1. Test on 42 sounds and actions

2. Blending skills III (for children with special needs)

3. Introduction of Jolly Phonics Teaching Plans

4. Rules of Syllabication

5. Reading and Magic Writing (extended)

6. Teachers’ demonstration (in groups)

7. Comments and detailed evaluation of teachers’ performance

8. Q & A, issue of evaluation reports and certificates

Upcoming workshops in 2017


#91 Jolly 2 Practical Workshop for Teachers and Parents

Date: Monday 2nd October, 2017 (Public Holiday)
Time: 2pm-5pm
Venue: JFLC Main Campus (Beacon Heights) or venue to be confirmed

Jolly 3 Practical Workshop for Teachers only

Date reserved: Early December, 2017 (Public Holiday)
Time: 2:30pm-5:30pm
Venue: Campus of the school(s)

Provisional schedule for first half of 2018

2 April, 22 May, 18 June (public holidays)

For updated information and enquiry, visit the Jolly Faith Learning Centre website here or find them on Facebook here

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3-Day Jolly Phonics Workshop with Miss Winnie Pang:
Date: A. 19 to 21 July 2017 B. 24 to 26 July 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Venue: TBC

Day 1 and 2 – Key Skills Level 1

Sounds #1
• What are the 44 sounds
• Key terms and skills
• blending
• segmenting
• letter formation
• Why the use of stories, actions, songs and crafts when teaching VYLs
• How to get VYLs to
• recognise the letters
• say the sounds
• ‘write’ the letters in the correct way
• blend from CV, VC to CVC orally and from text
• segment the initial and ending sounds by saying and writing them

Tricky Words #1
• What are Tricky Words
• How to get VYLs to
• recognise Tricky Words
• say Tricky Words

Phonics Readers #1
• What are Phonics Readers
• How to get VYLs to
• enjoy the stories
• comprehend the stories
• read aloud

Communication with parents #1
• What to do and what not to do

Day 3 – Key Skills Level 2

Sounds #2
• /ff/ /ll/ /ss/ /zz/ /igh/ /en/ as in chicken
• Trigraphs
• Accuracy and fluency
• How to get VYLs to
• become competent with letter-sound correspondences
• say the sounds accurately and automatically
• write words and sentences in the correct way
• blend from CVC to CCVCC orally and from text
• segment all the sounds in a word and spell them

Tricky Words #2
• Tricky versus Phonics Words
• How to get VYLs to
• categorise Tricky and Phonics words
• read and spell Tricky Words
• use Tricky Words in context

Phonics Readers #2
• How to get VYLs to
• read aloud with emotions
• extend stories with teacher support
• write captions and beyond

Communication with parents #2
• How to teach your students’ parents and get them to work with you

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