This is the presentation that Lynn Erler and Jo did at the PL Show in 2009

You can donwload the presentation and all the accompanying resources and ideas which Lynn and I showed and which Julie Prince has been working on in a new book with Lynn over at

Phonics is part of the statutory Programme of Study for MFL

and I believe it not only aids pronounciation, but primarily teaches students how to decode letters and sounds - essentially how to read & write in a foreign language.

I found it easiest to introduce phonics through 5 minute starter activities, which I would have on the board as students arrive and they can get started on straight away. Here is a PowerPoint I made of 99 of these 5-minute activities - they are in no order and you might want to rearrange them. Also at least one song: Oldelaf le cafe - you might wish to check first that you are comfortable using it with your class.
and here are some of the songs
(in case youtube is blocked in your school)(I'll add more later)

Published (commercial) Resources
  • Le Manuel Phonique - Like Jolly Phonics but in French. A powerpoint mini-version with soundfiles is supplied on the disc that accompanies Catherine Cheater Scheme of Work for Year 5.
  • J'apprends à lire avec Sam et Julie - fantastic little book with page by page introduction to French phonemes and graphemes, with example words, little diagrams showing shape of mouth and simple child-friendly exercises. You can use it with the children, perhaps concentrating on one phoneme for a few weeks or a unit of work, dip in and out occasionally, or keep it for teacher reference.
  • Letters and Sounds - In English of course, but free & all of these games are very useful for practising any language sounds.
  • ABC from Poisson Rouge - Free site for younger children (KS1/2) with abc in French, Spanish & Greek
  • TicTac - Free online simple alphabet site in French with sounds/pronounciation.
  • Buchstabenübersicht- As above in German.
  • Phonétique- is a comprehensive French site for teachers to use to improve their own pronounciation (whatever their level of fluency) and also to use selectively with a whole class with lots of sound exercises.
  • Spanish Language - a fantastic list of pronounciation/phonic resources for teachers of Spanish.

There is a huge collection of free resources on Suzi Bewell's 'Do once and share' wikispace, which is well worth signing up to. Suzi is a SSAT lead practitioner.