Grace Vilar has over 25 years of classroom experience teaching English to non-natives. She was Head of Primary at Colegio San Antonio, a bilingual school in Buenos Aires, Argentina until 2011. Her concern with reading and writing led to using Jolly Phonics. Now pupils achieve excellent results, becoming enthusiastic readers and effective writers. Grace provides training in Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Mexico and all of Argentina; she visits individual schools sharing her experience.
Stella is a graduate teacher from the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina. She has been teaching English for over 25 years to children and adolescents. She has developed EFL classroom projects at both private and state institutions. She works at AACI Certificates (Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa) as an exams developer and she is a Cambridge English Speaking Examiner.
When she came across Jolly Phonics it was ‘love at first sight’. She took part in a pilot experience that was being carried out in some state schools in Buenos Aires in 2014. Since then, she has been applying the Jolly Phonics programme in all her classes with excellent results. She has also spread the word about the benefits of the synthetic phonics method at different lectures.
Stella currently works as a teacher trainer at the government’s professional training centre in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires where she coaches other English teachers on how to use the synthetic phonics method.
You can see recordings of Stella’s students reading words and short texts on her YouTube Channel The Reading Corner.
Gisel graduated as an English Teacher at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico. She has taught children, teens and adults for over 18 years. She started using Jolly Phonics in 2013 in primary state schools in the city of Buenos Aires. She saw a huge change in her students as regards their reading and writing skills as well as their pronunciation and comprehension of texts. She has trained teachers on this method at private and state schools for two years now.
Roxana is a graduate Primary School Teacher and Sworn Translator and has been teaching in both state and private schools and translating for many companies for the past 25 years within Buenos Aires. She has ruled over her own School of Language, Leighton Institute since 1997 and has been the head of the English Department at Adveniat Secondary School since 2015.
Roxana first began to use Jolly Phonics in her teaching in 2013, after becoming involved in a Jolly Phonics pilot project for six state schools in Buenos Aires. The results of using Jolly Phonics was a turning point in Roxana’s professional life. She now feels that her students look forward to their English lessons as they are attractive, fun and more memorable, in turn the students have more confidence and have a complete understanding of what they are reading and writing. Before Jolly Phonics Roxana felt there was something missing and with Jolly Phonics the students have the necessary tools to read and write in English.
Roxana sees a big difference working with synthetic phonics and is convinced of the success in using Jolly Phonics. For that reason she would like to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with others.
Tatiana Iaconianni is a graduate English teacher of ISP Dr. Antonio Maria Saenz and is currently attending the Lincenciatura in Linguistics at UNL. She has been working as a primary teacher at the bilingual schools Lomas High School and Saint Michael’s College for the last five years. She has developed a special interest in helping students improve their reading and writing skills and has found Jolly Phonics really useful for that purpose.
Tatiana first began working with Jolly Phonics in the year 2013 and was amazed to find out that there was an abysmal gap between groups that had been taught how to read and write with Jolly Phonics and the ones that had not. Since 2013, she has noticed that using Jolly Phonics has helped students read fluently, produce sounds more accurately and write more independently. She thinks Jolly Phonics provides children with a safe and fun learning environment.
Tatiana would like to share her experience with others so that teachers and parents can realise how much they can benefit from using Jolly Phonics. She would like to show everyone that it is possible for any teacher to take advantage of this programme and make a real difference.
Lanus, Buenos Aires
Fernanda Panzitta is a graduate English teacher of ISP DR. Antonio M. Saenz and is currently specialising in the teaching of phonics and phonology to young learners. She has been teaching English in kindergarten and primary levels for the past ten years. When she became aware of the Jolly Phonics programme she was delighted with the results of the method, and immediately decided to apply it with her own students.
Fernanda has been teaching with Jolly Phonics for the past five years, finding it the key to aid students in their reading and writing processes. She has found that children love learning a new sound every day, that they are the ones asking for a new sound as soon as classes begin. She has noticed a wide difference in the way students read, write and pronounce in English. She now cannot imagine teaching without this method.
Fernanda would love to share her experience and ideas with teachers all over the world. She strongly believes that synthetic phonics works with all types of students and she will provide teachers with warm support, guidance and ideas, showing her care for an effective teaching experience.