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The Sounds-Letters-Words! program is a component of the Choral English College English program. As the name suggests, Sounds-Letters-Words! deals with the sounds of the English language and their various written representations (graphemes). This program encompasses phonics, pronunciation, reading, writing and word building. The course aims to enhance students' speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. The program has its foundations in the forty eight topics (16 modules) of the Choral English College English program.

Whilst the Sounds-Letters-Words! lessons are based on vocabulary used within each topic, numerous other words are also used to model the specific sounds within words.

Each topic of the Sounds-Letters-Words! program is composed of nine lessons which teach or practice sounds and their respective graphemes. These lessons are followed by one reading lesson, one spelling lesson and in Lesson 12 a game or activity is used for consolidation. The fourth lesson of each week is a revision lesson, in which students revise material covered in the previous lessons and their progress is monitored and recorded.

An overview of each topic is provided at the beginning of each topic. The overview outlines the objectives, the focus content for sounds, letters, words and handwriting covered in each lesson.

Sounds are practiced in Lessons 1 to 9 of each topic and brief guidelines for pronunciation are provided at the beginning of each lesson. A complete Pronunciation Guide is provided with the program as a separate book. This Pronunciation Guide includes a linguistic analysis of each sound from the perspective of Korean speakers, outlining the possible pronunciation difficulties students are likely to encounter and how they might be overcome. This is supplemented by practical pronunciation and practice tips.

Within the complete pronunciation guide, sounds are represented first by the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbol, followed by a letter/s in single inverted commas and a word in square brackets. The letters in single inverted commas are based on standard American pronunciation and provide an everyday representation of each sound, while the word in square brackets is an example of a word containing the particular sound, thus eliminating any confusion.

During the Sounds-Letters-Words! lessons, handwriting is modeled, practiced and monitored. The style of handwriting used, and stroke order, is printed on the inside cover of the Teacher's Guide.

An important part of the Sounds-Letters Words! program is learning the spelling patterns which represent the sounds of the English language.

Students are exposed to, and use consistently, reading text in the form of stories, poetry, rhymes, and songs. The reading progress of students is monitored carefully. The reading exercises assist students to recognize spelling patterns and develop an understanding of those patterns.

Each student has a Sounds-Letters-Words! Student Book, which is divided into two sections:

  student activities

  home activities

Provided within the student activities section are tasks for most lessons in addition to handwriting practice for the revision lessons.

Within the home activities section handwriting homework is provided for lessons one to nine. In addition to this are home activities for the reading and spelling for lessons ten and eleven.

Sounds-Letters-Words! home activities are provided for Lessons 1 to 11 of each topic. These home tasks can be found in the back of the Sounds-Letters-Words! Student Book for each module.

Structures and systematic assessment also occur in the Revision Lessons. Within Modules 1 to 16, revision lessons and assessment comprise of three standard lessons. During these lessons, student production of sounds and reading skills are monitored, in addition to their handwriting. Sound production, reading and handwriting are based on the sounds and graphemes covered within the topic. The revision lesson in Week 4 of each topic provides an opportunity for students to spell unknown words, which contain the sounds and graphemes covered within the topic. A Weekly Achievement Result Sheet is to be completed for each student. This is an important tool for reporting student progress to parents.

Many lessons utilize materials including flashcards, word cards and posters with rhymes, songs, sentences or words. These are used to model and draw attention to particular sounds in context.

CD-ROM technology is also used, especially when songs are sung as a part of the lessons in Sounds-Letters-Words! and for practice of sounds which can be recorded so the student can check their accuracy.