Students expect their educators to be subject matter experts in the subjects they teach. This means that teachers should be able to respond to any question posed by a student. Professional development programs can help teachers broaden their knowledge in a variety of subject areas. The more professional development opportunities teachers pursue, the more expertise and subjects insight they gain. Seeing the significance English language proficiency for teachers Lamdon Leadership Academy has organizes 2 day workshops on Jolly Phonics by Shainaz Jussa an International Professional Trainer on Jolly Phonics and Grammar. She has significant experience in training on Jolly Phonics in several countries. Total 35 teachers and Headmistress have actively participated in the workshop including teachers from the Lamdon’s branch schools. Moreover, this workshop was customized to the Kindergarten and junior teachers but senior English language teachers and other subjects teachers of the Primary School also participated. It shows great teachers are good students.
Jolly Phonics is a comprehensive programme, based on the proven, fun and multi-sensory synthetic phonics method that gets children reading and writing from an early age. This means that we teach letter sounds as opposed to the alphabet. These 42 letter sounds are phonic building blocks that children, with the right tools, use to decode the English language. When reading a word, they recognize the letters and blend together the respective sounds; when writing a word they identify the sounds and write down the corresponding letters. These skills are called blending and segmenting. These are two of the five skills that children need to master phonics. During the workshop the teachers learned letter sounds, letter formation, blending, identification of sounds in words and how to spell tricky words. The teachers overwhelmingly appreciated the methods, techniques and tools. Kunzang Hindi teacher of the Primary School intends to apply some methods in improving Hindi pronunciation of the students. Over all the teachers gave feedback that we have should introduce the Jolly Phonics from the nursery to ensure English language proficiency amongst students at an early age.