Aneesha Balwani has used Jolly Phonics for several years, seeing outstanding results, even with ESL students. She teaches at Pathways School in Noida, where she is the phonics co-ordinator and early years co-ordinator. Previously she taught at the British School in Delhi. Besides her early teaching qualifications she holds a South Australia certificate for teaching ESL in a mainstream class, and has attended two courses in the UK. She is willing to give training across India and in neighbouring countries.
Mumbai, Hyderabad & across India
S.V. Gomathi is currently Education Consultant, She was the first to trial Jolly Phonics in India for the ESL children in the old city of Hyderabad, India and found the programme helped children achieved outstanding results and then started recommending to schools and parents. She is particularly dedicated to developing the quality of education in low-income areas of the country. Her vision is to empower under privileged children through quality education with a special focus on English and to provide children access to good quality schools. She is based in Hyderabad and travels around India providing training and teaching to private and government schools.
Sarasa Ashok has her own school, ‘Budding Minds’ for children aged 3-6. She has been teaching with Jolly Phonics for several years, seeing her students become confident readers and writers. Her training to teachers, including samples of her student’s work, has been valued by new and established users of the programme.
Mumbai & Across India
Harshita Sharma is a Literacy Consultant and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She has been wholly committed to giving Jolly Phonics training for the last 14 years to International Schools, State schools and Teacher Training Institutes across the country. She is the first to trial Jolly Phonics in International Schools and has witnessed outstanding results. She has a rich experience of developing Literacy curriculum and has trained over 14000 teachers! She holds the CELTA Qualification from Cambridge University UK and she is also a Dyslexia Language Therapist from New Mexico University US. She holds regular training sessions every month in various locations.
Priya, a postgraduate in Applied Psychology, was Montessori trained in India before starting teaching in Malaysia, where she first experienced Jolly Phonics. She now has her own nursery and primary school, White Clouds, where she teaches with Jolly Phonics very thoroughly, getting ‘tremendous results in the ability of the children’. She provides training for other teachers as she is keen to enable them to have the same outcomes.
Bhajpreet Kaur and Desiree Dhami have both been teaching with Jolly Phonics for some years. Their teaching has included young pre-primary children, from age 2-3, where they have seen a remarkable improvement in learning to read, and the pleasure of the children in doing so.
Shainaz Jussa has been teaching Jolly Phonics for over 12 years. She conducts Teacher Training Workshops as well as Phonics Curriculum Workshops for Schools across India. Shainaz also teaches Phonics directly to about 600 children annually at her own centre, Phonickids (www.phonickids.com). Many SpellBee participants, trained by Shainaz using Phonics, have won at SpellBee competitions. With Masters in Arts, Shainaz is also accredited Cambridge ESOL examiner.
Payal first came across Jolly Phonics when working at Sunflowers Education in Hong Kong and was amazed at the results that she was able to achieve. A registered psychologist with a particular interest in child development, Payal became hooked on Jolly Phonics when she saw how it gave children the desire and confidence to learn to read, write and even speak in English. She has recently moved to Mumbai and begun training there.
Rashmi is a trained and experienced Montessori teacher; she came across Jolly Phonics in the private school for which she is currently working. She holds a Cambridge International Diploma for teachers and trainers. Her ambition is to provide a stress-free learning experience in schools. She has been teaching Jolly Phonics for some years now and is convinced of its effectiveness as proven with the emerging learners. She is based in Bangalore and is willing to travel across India to provide training.
Ritu has been working as a pre-school teacher and a trainer for the past 5 years, in a prestigious chain of pre-schools in India. She holds the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers Certificate with a distinction in Design of Programmes. She has been training teachers since 2009 in areas of English Phonics and English as a Second Language. The groups she has trained include government and private school teachers, adult groups who aspire to learn spoken English and children with learning difficulties. She heads and manages a training center for Phonics in Delhi, India, called “Rocknroll with phonics”.
Lahore, Kasur, Islamabad and Quetta
Sonia has been teaching using Jolly Phonics for several years and has had great success teaching children in international schools in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She achieved remarkable results using Jolly Phonics, which led her to train other teachers so that they could teach as effectively. Since then, she has begun training for teachers in Lahore and is eager to help bring Jolly Phonics to the teachers and children of Pakistan’s schools.
“In June-July 2011, I conducted training workshops for teachers from Amity, a chain of schools and universities in India, and for mentors from the international development charity ARK (Absolute Return for Kids).
On 20th and 22nd June 2011, I held a Jolly Phonics training session with the ARK mentors. They were already aware of the programme, but needed training so they could then train teachers in rural areas of India. On the first day of training, we discussed ‘Why Phonics’, then introduced the Jolly Phonics resources, and explored the 5 basic skills.
On the second day, our focus was on the key issue of how to make learning fun for students. I made each trainee choose a letter sound and introduce it to the group for 20 minutes, in the way a teacher would to engage a class! We also discussed how Jolly Phonics facilitates the process of independent writing.
I conducted a workshop for the Amity teachers on 1st July 2011 at Amiown Pre-Primary school. They really enjoyed the training session – all of them actively participated in the workshop, sang the Jolly Songs and did all the letter sound actions with me!
For me, it was a great opportunity to be invited by the director of Amity Schools and ARK to train their teachers.”
Firstly, every year I am called in to hold a training sessions in Chennai at the Balar Mandir reserach foundation, with about 50 teachers from various schools, on ‘Early childhood development’, ‘How to be an inspiring teacher’ and ‘How to make a better student’. Since becoming a Jolly Phonics Trainer, I have learnt a lot more strategies about how to teach English, which has enabled me to share new methods of teaching English with these teachers, and helped me deliver more successful and effective sessions.
I recently traveled to Nagercoil, South Tamilnadu, India, to implement Jolly Phonics in the curriculum there, and held a two-day training session there which 70 teachers attended. Everyone was very enthusiastic, had so much fun doing all the actions, and participated in practical activities, which was awesome!
The training course began with the questions that I am usually asked: ‘Why phonics?’, ‘What’s unique about Jolly Phonics?’, ‘What are the basic skills taught?’, as Jolly Phonics is a very different method of teaching to what teachers in that are used to. At the end of the training they were spellbound after looking at videos of children reading fluently and writing independently after using Jolly Phonics, which I felt really made the training successful. After this training session, the local school authorities were happy to introduce Jolly Phonics into their curriculum.
I held a one-day Jolly Phonics training session for teachers from 2 schools at Chidambaram in which the children come from low-income areas. Once again, it was an exciting day for the teachers, but I also found it quite challenging to get them to change over to a new programme from their conventional method of teaching English.”
Shainaz Jussa of PhonicKids will be running a Jolly Phonics Teacher Training Workshop in Mumbai, OnToes, Malad.
December 1st and 2nd 2012
To find out more or book a place please email Shainaz at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on (91) 9892772503.
“I underwent Jolly Phonics training in 2004, and initially researched the use of the programme with ESL children in the slums of Hyderabad, India. I found the results amazing, as the programme had a great impact on the English language of the children as well as the teachers who were teaching Jolly Phonics.
I worked with Education Services companies and NGOs like the Centre for British Teachers, The Educare Trust, Rumi Education Private Limited & Absolute Return for Kids (ARK). I helped these organizations by planning and executing the implementation of Jolly Phonics in schools, and by training their representatives in Jolly Phonics, in order for them to them provide training in the schools they were serving. I also travelled around India providing training to the teachers of high-end to low-budget schools. I worked with more than 100 schools, including IB schools, and trained more than 1,000 teachers.
At ARK I developed a team of Mentors in 2010 by training them in Jolly Phonics and facilitating team building. The team was also trained in how to help teachers make Jolly Phonics more effective and result oriented within the classroom.
At present, many chains of schools have approached me for Jolly Phonics training and intend to be full trained by next academic year.
As a trainer I love Jolly Phonics, and I am now experimenting with it with my daughter who is 1 year old.”