Wednesday, July 29, 2020

My Collection of 170+ English Phonics Worksheets

English language is notorious for its weird phonetics. All too often learning how to spell English words can be frustrating for non-native speakers. Being an EFL teacher working with elementary and middle school kids, I learned it the hard way. Many of my young students used to get bored or frustrated with all this crazy phonics stuff. Indeed, it seems that there are as many exceptions as there are rules in English phonetics. Even adult students find their heads spinning when they learn that words floor, flood, food are pronounced differently. There are plenty of such cases when the same letter or combination of letters form different sounds and often inexplicably. It can pretty much confuse kids who are just starting to learning English in non-English speaking countries. It is also a big challenge for EFL and ESL teachers because they have to add as much fun to their lessons as possible to make kids fall in love with learning English from the very beginning. Unfortunately, there is not too much fun in learning baffling English phonics rules and numerous exceptions. Therefore I have designed another collection of printable phonics worksheets to help my young students learn how to correctly write and pronounce a lot of tricky English words. These worksheets are designed to make English phonetics less boring and intimidating. The worksheets are also great for memorizing such words and thus strengthening students' vocabulary thanks to many colorful pictures that I used to design these teaching printables.


I offer my students the phonics worksheets after I introduce and discuss the key phonics rules including how to pronounce English diphthongs, digraphs, blends etc. I use my printable sound charts and phonics posters for the introduction.

The collection includes more than 170 printable phonics worksheets that offer mostly matching activities. There is a set of worksheets that help my students memorize symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The IPA is very important for non-native English learners as major dictionaries use the IPA for transcription of words. The IPA phonetic transcription is frequently the only way EFL students can learn the right way to pronounce this or another English word.

Matching Worksheets

My phonics worksheets offer two types of matching tasks: 
  • matching API symbols to words; 
  • matching words having the same sound. 
Phonics worksheet based on International Phonetic Alphabet - vowel sound
One of phonics worksheets offering students to match vowel sounds in words to corresponding IPA symbols.
Printable phonics worksheet - vowel sounds - IPA based
There are 18 phonics worksheets of this type for vowel sounds in the collection.

Phonics worksheet based on International Phonetic Alphabet - consonant sound s
One of phonics worksheets offering students to match consonant sounds in words to corresponding IPA symbols.

Printable phonics worksheet - consonant sounds - IPA based
There are 24 phonics worksheets of this type for consonant sounds in the collection.

Phonics worksheet - matching vowel sounds to IPA symbol
Another type of phonics worksheets offering students to match two words with the same vowel sound to IPA symbols.

Phonics worksheet - matching vowels to sound symbols
There are 30 phonics worksheets of this type for vowel sounds in the collection.

Phonics worksheet - matching consonant sounds to IPA symbol
One of phonics worksheets offering students to match two words with the same consonant sound to IPA symbols.

Phonics worksheet - matching consonants to sound symbols
There are 17 phonics worksheets of this type for consonant sounds in the collection.

Printable phonics worksheet - matching two words with the same sound
There is a version of matching worksheets without the IPA symbols offering students to match two words with the same sound (30 worksheets for vowels and 17 for consonant sounds).

Odd One Out Worksheets

Another big set includes odd one out worksheets. There are 40 worksheets of this type in the collection featuring 200 word groups designed to strengthen the phonetics literacy of my students.
Printable English phonics worksheets - odd one out
There are 40 odd one out worksheets featuring 200 groups of words to learn English phonics.

This collection of printable phonics worksheets in addition to my phonics charts, posters and flashcards helps me meet the following goals as an English teacher: 
  • making my lessons dedicated to phonics more fun an engaging; 
  • helping students memorize spelling of some tricky words; 
  • drawing attention to phonetic rules and exceptions; 
  • teaching kids how to read phonetic transcription in English dictionaries; 
  • testing students to identify the level of their phonetics literacy and what they struggle with in regards of English phonics; 
  • strengthening and expanding students vocabulary in multiple key topics.

If you find my phonics worksheets useful for your English classes, you are welcome to buy the whole collection in printer-ready high resolution PDF documents that also include keys for the task.

Printable phonics worksheets with keys
I have supplied my collection of phonics worksheets with keys to help my fellow EFL and ESL teachers introduce them into their teaching process asap.

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