Delana Seta has been teaching Class One on Beqa island with Jolly Phonics for many years. The children he teaches enjoy it and are excited by the programme, with all of them doing well. In a recent Class One Annual Examination he found the children did not need the question read to them – they were able to read them from the paper! He readily gives training for teachers and he is keen to see Jolly Phonics used throughout Fiji.
Mary Ashby-Green, former Principal, DP and Literacy Leader at Don Buck Primary School, has been leading seminars in Jolly Phonics since 1996 and has trained nearly 3000 teachers. In October 2006 she co-presented seminars with Sue Lloyd in the UK and Dubai. She now runs her own education consultancy, Break Free Results Ltd. She has been joined by former AP Elizabeth Thomas, and they provide training seminars on Jolly Phonics for the classroom, and tutoring for children with special literacy needs. She is also the Education Leader in a trust providing educational support in Namibia through Jolly Phonics teacher training.
Tracy Watkin is a UK trained teacher with 18 years experience. Tracy began using Jolly Phonics in Romania and Cambodia and is now using it with new entrants in Nelson. She has been hugely impressed by the power of Jolly Phonics to create confident readers and writers with a secure grounding of basic skills on which to build. She will be passing on her knowledge and experience through training sessions for teachers and parents and is also happy to pass on advice by phone or email.
I have been teaching since 1999 in locations around the world. These include Kuwait, Qatar, New Zealand, and most recently Saudi Arabia. The last six years I spent as Head of Primary in a highly reputed International School. I have extensive experience in developing literacy skills with both first and second language learners. Over the years I have found Jolly Phonics to be the most comprehensive and effective system for developing the language acquisition process. Throughout my career training teachers has been one of my greatest pleasures, as has leading seminars with parents to develop literacy.
Betty’s background is in Education specialising in the English Language. She is currently employed with a Non Government Organization (Care International in PNG) where she will be facilitating Jolly Phonics Training for early child and elementary teachers in a Papua New Guinean context. Betty has spent time developing a phonetic programme for Papua New Guinea which emphasises the correct pronunciation of the letter sounds.
Betty has been teaching with Jolly Phonics for the past 4 years and from the beginning, she soon witnessed children being able to read short sentences after only 6 weeks of teaching with the Jolly Phonics programme. The children continue to demonstrate high grading in their English subject compare to other classes. The parents continue to be amazed to see how well their child was performing at home.
Betty passionately believes the Jolly phonics Program is well designed to cater for multi and diverse language speakers. She notices how it includes the principle of teaching from known to unknown whereby children are exposed to multi-sensory activities. Betty would recommend Papua New Guinean teachers to use Jolly Phonics Program as the programme is well designed to cater for teachers and parents to use in the classroom and also at home.
Bonita has been using Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar everyday in her classroom since she was introduced to the programme. She has seen great reading and writing results from her students. Bonita says, “The most exciting experience is when the children look forward to learning the new sound and action and start blending to read.” She wishes all teachers and parents could see the value of Jolly Phonics and now wants to help implement the programme in Papua New Guinea. Bonita is now also providing training to both teachers and parents through her own centre, Phil’s Learning Centre. For more details on courses provided call 675 72564997.
The Jolly word continues to spread across the world, aiming to reach all children to support them in acquiring a high level of attainment in the English language by using Jolly Phonics. These videos from Geetanjali; the Acting Education Officer for Standardised Testing, Examinations and Assessment Unit, Ministry of Education, highlights how underperforming schools can benefit from the child centred, multi-sensory, synthetic phonics programme that is the wonderful Jolly Phonics!
Watch the video on Literacy and Numeracy Strategies for Years 3 to 8 here.
Watch the video on the use of Jolly Phonics training materials for Years 1 and 2 here.