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Elsa Elliott,

based in Beijing, China,

provides teacher-training in the

Phonics International programme at

The International Montessori School
of Beijing

(Elsa is being introduced by Sharon Keenan, the Academic Principal)

Elsa provided a two-day training event.


Elsa’s training includes a Power Point presentation and the use of very high-quality visual and ‘hands-on’ training aids.


Here you can see that Elsa provides online training material, laminated hard-copy material and purpose-made pull-up screens. This particular screen showcases the exemplar key words and pictures of the full Phonics International programme. Anyone can print off this KEY PICTURES ALPHABETIC CODE OVERVIEW CHART which is a Giant Poster (A4 x 10) available via the free Unit 1 webpage.



This pull-up screen shows the letter/s-sound correspondences introduced in Units 1 to 5 (STAGE ONE) of the Phonics International programme. This chart, BUILDING UP THE ALPHABETIC CODE (A4 x 2), is also available to print via the free Unit 1 webpage.

Elsa is pointing to the left hand ‘phoneme’ column of the chart. The left hand columns of the Alphabetic Code Overview Charts always show the order of sounds as introduced in the Phonics International programme.



Everyone is very focused on listening to Elsa ‘say the sounds’ of the English language. Practising ‘saying the sounds’ and understanding the Phonics International notation for the sounds is an essential part of the training.


Elsa provides plenty of ‘hands-on’ experience for the trainees with the resources from the Phonics International programme. Here you can see practice with the large colour-coded WORD FLASH CARDS available in Units 1 to 12. The free set in Unit 1 of the programme, along with over 60 other significant free resources, enables review of the quality of the PI resources. Note that these whole words are not for recognising as ‘whole word shapes’ but for rehearsing the skill of sounding out and blending (synthesising) all-through-the-word. This is a skill that even experienced readers may need occasionally for reading new, unknown and longer words.


The hand puppet and the mouth-to-ear phone are not Phonics International resources, but Elsa brings her ideas and a wealth of experience to the training! The Phonics International resources are highly flexible for teaching all ages but the teachers themselves need to ensure high-quality teaching. It is up to the ‘teacher’ or ‘parent’ to bring their preferred teaching style to deliver the content of the programme appropriately.


For more information about Elsa’s training in the Beijing area, please contact Elsa via www.phonicsinbeijing.com