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December 18, 2009

New Phonics Readers that are very appropriate for Japanese learners

Book1_Image.jpgGreg Crawford, a teacher and school owner in Wakayama, has developed a series of phonics readers that have been specifically designed for Japanese children. There are very few phonics readers available in Japan, and those that can be found here are often based on phonic sequences that were originally designed for native speakers or ESL learners in other countries. Teachers and schools in Japan that use phonics with children seem to be constantly searching for appropriate readers, and Greg's 'Fun Phonics Readers' fill that gap.

The books have been deigned to supplement 'New Finding Out', the popular phonics-based course book, and the readers' three levels correspond to the first three levels of the course. There seems to be a whole community of teachers around Japan developing self-made materials to go with 'New Finding Out'. David Lisgo, based in Kagoshima has made an extensive range of worksheets and games for his 'Blending a Hand' CDs, and has also developed the 'Switchit' card games. Mark de Boer, based in Iwate, has developed a special set of Reading Rods that have proved very effective in enabling children to learn to read.

Click here to see more information on the 'Fun Phonics Readers'. Click here to order the books.

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