Project Description

This website introduces synthetic phonics to preservice and inservice ESL teachers. The synthetic approach, which is increasingly adopted by school systems around the world, teaches sound-spelling correspondences directly and explicitly to young children. This website:

  • explains the workings of synthetic phonics;
  • provides 22 interactive exercises on the major grapheme-phoneme correspondences of English;
  • illustrates some useful classroom teaching techniques through 12 video vignettes; and
  • showcases the work done by a primary school in designing a school-based synthetic phonics programme.


The project team thanks

  • the CUHK Academic IT Steering Committee for providing a courseware development grant for this project;
  • the CUHK Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies for providing technology support; and
  • Buddhist Lam Bing Yim Memorial School (Sponsored by the Hong Kong Buddhist Association) for sharing its work and experience on the website. We are especially grateful to Principal Ms LEE Suk Yee, Vice Principal Mr CHEUNG Hok Leung, for their support of the various on-site activities under the project; the English Department of the school, especially Ms LEE Siu Ying Charlotte for co-ordinating the various on-site activities, and core members of the school-based phonics programme Mr Timothy James KING, Ms SIN Wing Sze Ronnie, Ms LEE Wing Yin Ada, Ms CHEUNG Chi Ying, and Ms LEE Pui Shan Betty, for sharing their teaching resources. The classroom techniques were demonstrated by Mr King and Ms Cheung, and parental consent had been obtained for the children to appear in the videos.

Project Team

  • Dr Paul Sze (Principal Investigator,
  • Professor Morris Jong (Co-Investigator)
  • Mr Eric Luk (Project Manager)



Website finalized and to be presented at CUHK Teaching Learning Expo: November.