TPhYL – Teaching Phonics to Young Learners

The Teaching Phonics to Young Learners Certificate or ‘TPhYL’ is a Synthetic Phonics teaching proficiency qualification for teachers who are currently teaching or intend to teach phonics to young learners. The TPhYL, created by Phonics Education Association (PEA), is endorsed by Teaching Qualification UK (TQUK) as a Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The TPhYL is the first of its kind, giving much-needed accreditation and certification to the teaching of phonics to young learners.

 

The purpose of the TPhYL is to check the ability of the candidates to provide quality synthetic phonics[1] teaching to young learners. Teachers teaching phonics to young learners need to produce sounds[2], blend sounds into words and segment words to encode letters accurately. They also need to have the teaching skills to teach their target age group appropriately. Candidates of TPhYL will be tested in various areas related to phonics knowledge, application and teaching.

 

The TPhYL test can be taken by individuals with a minimum of a receptive and expressive English level equivalent to an IELTS band 6[i] score along with either of the following:

 

  • a minimum of 2 years’ full-time teaching experience with young learners (aged 3 to 7),

  • holding a Bachelor’s degree with English as a medium of instruction

  • graduates of the Certificate in Phonics Teaching to Young Learners (CPT) course[ii]

 

** Candidates looking for an indication of their level of English can take the free online test from Cambridge English: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/test-your-english/

 

The TPhYL test is conducted in Hong Kong and administered by PEA. To apply for the test, please click on the link below:

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[1] All mentions of phonics from this point onwards will be referring to Synthetic Phonics unless specified otherwise.

[2] Any mentions of sounds refer to phonemes unless specified otherwise.

 

[i] Check equivalent scores to the IELTS:  https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/common-european-framework

 

[ii] CPT course is provided by PolyU SPEED (Hong Kong) and Centre for Continuing Education, University of Macau (Macau).

Why TPhYL?

Benefits for candidates:

 

Get Your Phonics Teaching Accredited

Phonics is an essential ingredient of early childhood education. Phonics helps young learners build the connections between sounds and letters for them to gain fluency in reading and writing. Phonics teachers need to be equipped with the necessary skills to teach phonics accurately and appropriately giving children the proper building blocks to take their first steps into reading and writing.  

 

Impress your potential employers

Attaining the TPhYL certificate gives a teacher an important qualification that certifies them as a qualified Phonics teacher. TPhYL is a high-quality test, endorsed by TQUK, that assesses phonics knowledge, application and teaching. Equipped with this certificate, the candidate is validated with a certified qualification and can stand out during the recruitment process. This can also count towards professional development hours which is highly essential in the field of education.  

 

Get your dream job anywhere

TPhYL is endorsed by TQUK, which is a leading Awarding Organisation (AO) recognised and regulated by the Office of Qualifications & Examinations Regulations (Ofqual). TQUK is currently one of the top-10 largest AOs in the UK and internationally. Phonics is also included in the curriculum for early childhood education in many major countries around the world such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.

 

Benefits for Employers:

 

A Comprehensive Shortlisting Tool

 

Employers and recruitment agencies can be rest assured that holders of the TPhYL certificate have undergone rigorous testing in the aspects of phonics knowledge and application as well as their phonics teaching skills. Employers can confidently shortlist these candidates as quality Phonics teachers for young learners. As a provider, PEA prides itself in creating TPhYL that tests not only knowledge but also teaching skills related to phonics delivery in a young learner classroom setting. Please refer to the scoring and rubric sections for information on TPhYL’s assessment criteria.

 

Use of data

 

After each test, the data will be used in the following ways:

  • Individual results will be made available to candidates through a certificate and transcript.

  • Employers will have access to results if they have sponsored the candidate’s fees.

  • Anonymous grouped data and results can be made available for phonics research conducted by PEA as well as those done in collaboration with other tertiary institutions. 

 

 

 

Test Format

The TPhYL test is divided into five sections and these will test candidates’ ability in:

 

1. Producing sounds accurately


2. Blending pseudo words accurately
These are key components of TPhYL. They are conducted in the form of a one-to-one interview with an assessor. The assessor will evaluate the candidates’ ability to produce sounds and blend pseudo words accurately. A variety of accents will be taken into account by the assessors to minimize any linguistic bias. These sessions will be recorded. A second assessor may be present for quality control and monitoring purposes. (15 minutes)

3. Applying Phonics knowledge.  (60 minutes)
This will be a written test comprising of, but not limited to, multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and scenario analysis. Candidates must use legible handwriting for assessors to consider their answers. Assessors will make every effort to read handwriting but if handwriting is completely illegible, then assessors will need to consider the answer as incorrect. 

4. Writing a phonics lesson plan (75 minutes)
The written lesson plan will have candidates planning a phonics lesson for young learners.  Candidates will be provided with a class profile, young learners’ prior knowledge and aims to create the lesson plan on a given template.
Candidates must use legible handwriting for assessors to consider their answers. Assessors will make every effort to read handwriting but if handwriting is completely illegible, then assessors will not be able to consider the answer.

5. Demonstrating a stage from the written phonics lesson plan (preparation time - 15 minutes; demonstration time - 15 minutes)
The oral demonstration will have candidates deliver a stage from their written lesson plan to an assessor. Candidates will be provided with criteria to include in the demonstration. The assessor may ask them questions during the demonstration. This oral demonstration will be recorded. A second assessor may be present for quality control and monitoring purposes. 

The entire TPhYL test with all five sections will normally be completed in one day with adequate breaks provided between each section. PEA reserves the right to change and adapt schedules and venues as necessary. 

Candidates must pass all five sections to qualify for a TPhYL certificate.
 

 

Results

 

Candidates will receive an email notification when their results are ready. Successful candidates will receive a certificate which will be sent to them via registered mail.

 

Candidates who have not passed on their first attempt can retake TPhYL within 12 months. Candidates with two unsuccessful attempts are recommended to gain more experience in the field of early childhood education and/or to take a course recommended by PEA. These candidates can only register for their third attempt 12 months after their second one.

[i] Check equivalent scores to the IELTS:  https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/common-european-framework

 

[ii] CPT course is provided by PolyU SPEED (Hong Kong) and Centre for Continuing Education, University of Macau (Macau).

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