Wrtitten by Year 1 teacher, Christopher Thorne, this is a free YouTube phonics resource (also available at www.MrThorneDoesPhonics.com). It contains over 200 free literacy/phonics/grammar resources for early readers and anyone with English as an additional language.
A site that explains the difficulties of the English language for people learning to read and spell, and provides useful sheets on the sounds of our language.
The site looks at English spelling patterns. It provides lists of words that contain patterns of letters with common sounds, and words that a learner may think follow the pattern but are in fact quite different. For example ‘break’ and ‘great’ but what about ‘breakfast’? Similarly with ‘a’ which is pronounced several different ways according to the word in which it is used.
“THRASS UK”:http://www.thrass.co.uk/ (Teaching Handwriting Reading And Spelling Skills) have recently released version 6.1 of their free THRASS Phoneme Machine.
The programme uses moving human lips and the International Phonetic Alphabet to teach learners of all ages and abilities to read and spell in English. It is also very useful for students of linguistics, phonics, etc.
UCL (University College London) has a prestigious Departments of Linguistics and Phonetics with many resources, fonts and web tutorials. For example, take a look at John Maidment’s archived English pronunciation tips of the day (now moved to a separate blog). There are also phonetics games, online tutorials, and phonetics symbol advice.
A wonderful hotchpotch of information about words. If you ever wondered about the origin of the prefix – para you must read this fascinating para-ble! Other gems include un-rhyming words, triple-quadruple homonyms, contranyms (Janus words) and much more. Addictive!
World Wide Words is amazing site about ‘International English from a British Point of View’. Histories of words and phrases, weird words and topical words. Warning! You could spend hours on this site.
The author and site owner, Michael Quinion, retired from writing the site in 2017 but it really is a goldmine! If you are a word fanatic look at his equally fascinating site Affixes: the building blocks of English.