Alphabet Headaches

Literacy challenges for non-alphabetic English learners



Welcome!

This website has been designed by Dr Pauline Bunce to highlight the huge challenges faced by English learners who come from different-scripted language backgrounds. In the 21st century, such a background characterises the overwhelming majority of today's English learners.

Unfortunately, English-language teaching materials and methodologies have yet to reflect this geographical and linguistic reality. These pages are designed to go some way towards countering these short-comings.

This website is especially relevant for teachers of

Chinese-background learners.

Image: Hong Kong History Museum

Website began: 3 May 2013