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" Do you want to become an
Internationally Recognised Phonics Teacher?"

Certificate in Phonics Teaching to Young Learners   (QF Level 4)           
(Qualification Register (QR) (QR Registration No.: 19/001255/L4;validity period from 3 October 2019).; CEF Course Code: 35C126856

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Course Description


PolyU SPEED and PEA have developed this popular certificate course to equip participants with key Phonics knowledge and skills

This interactive training course has been specially designed for kindergarten and nursery teachers as well as anyone who is interested in teaching Phonics.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to use games and teaching aids effectively in the classroom, help children increase English reading and writing proficiency, and competently assess learner achievements.

Successful participants will be awarded a certificate from HK PolyU SPEED, and they can sit for the international recognised Phonics teaching examination - TPhYL.

Course Outline

1.Teaching young learners
  • have knowledge of young learners and stages of their language development

  • understand principal theories of learning and acquisition

  • understand multisensory learning in teaching young learners

  • profile the roles and responsibilities of an ideal young learner educator


2. Sounds
  • understand challenges faced by second language learners when learning English sounds

  • have knowledge of how to use oral articulators and the IPA chart to accurately produce major English sounds and categorise sounds

  • produce major English sounds (assessment 01)

3. Phonics: principles, key terms and teaching approaches
  • have knowledge of principles, teaching approaches and key terms of Phonics

  • find evidence of Phonics approaches used in English speaking and other countries

  • develop awareness of grapheme-phoneme correspondences

  • understand roadmap of synthetic Phonics

  • explain key Phonics terms and sound types by citing examples


4. Decoding and encoding skills
  • understand concepts, sub-skills and terminology of decoding and encoding

  • develop the skills of blending orally and from text; segmenting orally and using graphemes

  • understand the process of teaching decoding and encoding

  • adapt activities to enhance the skills of decoding and encoding


5. Planning Phonics lessons
  • understand strategies for planning effective phonics lessons

  • have knowledge of ‘The Gradual Release Model’ for giving instructions effectively

  • start planning a logically sequenced lesson with clear instructions using these strategies and the model (assessment 02)

6. Delivering Phonics lessons
  • microteach a Phonics lesson (assessment 02)

  • have knowledge of how to self-reflect after teaching

  • evaluate overall strengths and weaknesses of the taught lesson, effectiveness of materials and plan, and conclude if set aims have been met in post-observation meeting (assessment 02)


7. Managing challenges and exceptions in Phonics
  • analyse the difficulties faced by learners when decoding and encoding and brainstorm solutions

  • have knowledge of Common Exception Words, High Frequency Words and their differences

  • understand how to identify irregular parts in Common Exception Words

  • have procedures for teaching Common Exception Words in context

  • present Common Exception Words in context using this framework


8. Effective use of Phonics resources
  • have opportunities to use and evaluate Phonics resources such as stories and songs, TPR activities, digital tools, table activities

  • have knowledge and understand importance of content, process and product differentiation in meeting the personal needs of young learners

  • create / adapt a Phonics resource to be used in a demonstrated activity to support differentiated learning needs (assessment 03)


9. Major Phonics programmes and readers
  • understand what Phonics information to share with parents and when to share it

  • know core criteria set by UK’s Department for Education for synthetic Phonics programmes

  • understand decodable and non-decodable readers, and their pros and cons

  • have a framework for teaching reading using decodable readers

  • plan a reading lesson using a decodable reader


10. Classroom assessments
  • understand types of classroom assessments

  • have strategies for incorporating classroom assessments into lessons

  • have knowledge of how to assess individuals in groups using versatile classroom setups

  • have a checklist for giving meaningful and specific feedback

  • practise giving meaningful and specific feedback


11. Communicating with key stakeholders
  • have strategies for delivering feedback to parents on learner performance

  • brainstorm common Phonics problems in young learners and suggest and evaluate solutions

12. Continuous professional development
  • have knowledge of the parameters, question types and marking rubrics of the final written exam

  • have knowledge of further training and job opportunities

  • become aware of continuous development through research

  • understand how to become a reflective Phonics teacher

Chief Academic Officer : Winnie Pang 

  • Tutor, Trinity Dip. TESOL

  • Core Skill Creative Educator, Phonics Trainer and Teacher, British Council  

  • Phonics Trainer, Early Childhood Course, Institute of Advanced Learning

  • CELTA, DELTA, M.Ed., Teacher Training (IH), Jolly Phonics Professional Trainer 

  • Provider and Instructor of the Professional Development Programmes on Phonics Teaching for the HK Education Bureau 

Big Wave

Prospective Participants

  • With a Higher Diploma, Associate/Bachelor's Degree or above; or 

  • Aged 25 or above​ with at least one year's Phonics or English teaching experience

Medium of Instruction


Course Attendance and Certificates


• At least 80% attendance is required

• Successful participants will be awarded a certificate from HK PolyU SPEED (QF Level 4)

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Course Fee


  • HK$19,800 (include teaching materials and certificates)

  • Only $5,420 with CEF reimbursement 

Next Intake

 Intake 12 -  22 Feb to 2 May 2024, 12 sessions of face-to-face training from 7 to 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (36 hours in total) ; Please refer to the course timetable in the flyer ! 

Apply Now

STEP 1: Fill in the form below and we will acknowledge your participation within one working day.

STEP 2: Go to SPEED's web page to apply online. You can download the enrolment form and make payment online.

STEP 3: Send your completed enrolment form and a payment proof photo to the following two email addresses :  & ,  we will acknowledge your participation within two working days.

Enquiry / Enrolment Form:

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