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FootStep Phonics Step 5

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Get ready to take the final step towards mastering the English language with Footstep Phonics Step 5!


This exciting addition to the Footstep Phonics series will equip your students with the phonological awareness and proficiency needed to tackle commonly mispronounced letter combinations.


With a focus on diphthongs, 'r' controlled vowels, syllables, and silent letter rules, this book will demystify the English language and promote easier reading and clear speech. You'll be amazed at how quickly their reading fluency and speaking skills improve!


Whether you're a student or an ESL learner, Footstep Phonics Step 5 is guaranteed to take you to the next level. Don't miss out on this engaging and transformative content!

104 page student workbook

114 durable Flashcards

Covers 1 full year of study

Certificate of Achievement

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FootStep Phonics Student Workbook 5
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Teaching Diphthongs: A Guide for Effective Lessons

Teaching diphthongs can be a challenging task for educators. Diphthongs are a combination of two vowel sounds within the same syllable, and mastering these complex phonetic patterns is essential for developing strong reading and spelling skills. In this article, we will explore the importance of teaching diphthongs and provide strategies for effective instruction.

Introducing the concept of diphthongs is the first step in teaching diphthongs.  Begin by explaining that diphthongs are formed when two vowel sounds blend together to create a new sound. Provide examples of common diphthongs such as "oi" in "oil" and "ou" in "loud." Use visuals and real-life examples to enhance understanding and engagement.

Engaging activities play a crucial role in teaching diphthongs effectively. Incorporate games, songs, and hands-on activities that allow students to practice identifying and producing diphthongs. For example, create a diphthong bingo game where students match words with the corresponding diphthong sound. Encourage students to use diphthongs in their oral communication to reinforce their understanding.

Practicing reading and writing is essential for internalizing diphthongs. Provide reading materials that contain words with diphthongs, and encourage students to identify and highlight the diphthong sounds. Engage students in word-building activities where they manipulate individual sounds to create diphthongs. Practice writing activities that involve using diphthongs in sentences or short stories to reinforce spelling and comprehension.

Differentiating instruction is crucial when teaching diphthongs, as students may have varying levels of understanding and proficiency. Provide additional support for struggling learners through one-on-one instruction, small group activities, or specialized interventions. For advanced learners, offer opportunities for extension and enrichment, such as exploring less common diphthongs or analyzing the historical and cultural origins of diphthong words.

In conclusion, teaching diphthongs is a vital aspect of developing strong reading and spelling skills.


By introducing the concept, providing engaging activities, practicing reading and writing, and differentiating instruction, educators can help students master diphthongs effectively. Remember that consistent practice and reinforcement are key to internalizing these complex phonetic patterns. With dedicated instruction and support, students will gain the necessary skills to navigate the intricacies of diphthongs and become confident readers and spellers.

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