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Learn to Teach Phonics

SharpPhonics ONLiNE Course

An Easy Start to Teaching Phonics

Be Given the Routines and Resources to
Quickly Develop your Confidence with Teaching Phonics.

This course is for teachers and support staff who need an entry level course to kick-start a phonics program.  If you want to know what sounds to teach first, how to teach teach those sounds and how to get your students to read and write them, then this is the phonics course for you. 

We give you an easy to follow routine to teach the sounds and then a second routine that shows you how to get your students to put those sounds together to form three letter words. Together these routines set you up with a solid base on which to grow a healthy phonics program.

These 15 minute phonics routines will become a fantastic addition to your reading program.

"It's great to be able to learn the sounds properly, practice in a safe way and then go and teach."

Teacher Feedback - Napier

This Course Gives You...

Clear, Concise Step-by-Step Learning

SharpPhonics has 4 units and each unit is a nice self-contained piece of learning. We explain the new learning, provide video models of what it looks like, guide you through some practices and send you off with teacher scripts and resources to have a go with your group or class.

This is powerful professional learning for you. The content and the delivery has been trialed and tested over many years by phonics specialists at Yolanda Soryl Literacy.

At-Your-Own-Pace Flexibility

Twelve months access to the course means you can plan to hit it hard in a short space of time or adopt a more measured approach and take your time mastering each step.

Everything You Need is Included

  • Teaching Scripts support your delivery of the routines.
  • Letter and Picture Flash Cards to download and use in your lessons.
  • Downloadable Course Book - an at-your-fingertips reference for the classroom.

Expert Video Samples of the Teaching

We show you exactly what teaching phonics is like, either in a small group or with a whole class,  with real classroom footage. Subtitles and important notes make it very easy for you to process and adopt the structured phonics routines.

A Learning Pathway for your Students

We give you clear guidance on what sounds and letters to teach first and what comes next in 7 incremental stages. We also have a page that explains the stages, how long it takes to work through each stage and what you need. Finally we give you assessment tools so you can pinpoint what your students have learned and what will have to be reviewed.

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When you teach your first lesson your students will respond quickly to the structure of the phonics routines. They will say the right sounds and words and begin to read and write letters before your eyes. Student success breeds a cycle of confidence for all involved.

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"So nice to have all the resources you need to get started included in this course."

Workshop Feedback, Invercargill.

A Routine You Can Rely On

Being confident in what you are teaching is a very gratifying feeling. It comes from knowing what you are doing, why you are doing it, and having a regular routine that you can rely on.  Teaching phonics is now expected in every junior classroom and needs a solid well tested approach to provide this confidence.

Our approach to teaching phonics has been used extensively throughout New Zealand classrooms as it is easy to pick up and replicate to become a solid part of your daily literacy program. Its a structure you can rely on.

Within days you will be able to teach our phonics routine.  If you are ever unsure you can contact us at any time to access our knowledge and experience.

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – all year round.


GST will be added to NZ purchases.



Each unit requires 45 minutes of reading and processing time.



Each unit requires some classroom practice. Allow for 1 unit per week. 

4 weeks


Video examples show you how to teach and improve the phonics routines.



12 months access. Plenty of time to review your new learning.

12 months


Working online means you can
start the course at any time.


Access to students for practice is desirable.
Some computer skills and Internet access needed.
You will need mini white boards and pens for each child.

A Brief Description of SharpPhonics

Listen to Brian talk about our approach to teaching phonics, the flashcards and how the course works.


"A perfect course for teachers who have never taught phonics before or for a school looking for an easy way to get everyone working on the same phonics programme ."

Course Writers - Your Tutors

Yolanda Soryl

This training programme is the result of a collaboration with Yolanda Soryl Literacy (a very well know NZ phonics consultancy) and SharpReading. 

Yolanda has had twenty-eight years of classroom teaching in New Zealand and the UK and is a recognized specialist in her field. She is an ‘Advanced Skills Teacher’, a Reading Recovery teacher and an itinerant teacher working with children with Special Needs. She also trained in First Steps and Multilit.

Brian Parker

Brian has been involved in education for 30 years as a teacher, teacher trainer and international education consultant. Over the last 10 years he has worked with specialists like Yolanda, to produce educational training in a clear step by step format. The aim is to enable teachers with new skills and practice withing hours of starting a course.



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