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effective early literacy teaching

Are you working with children at the beginning stages of learning to read?
Do you want to teach explicit phonics and word recognition skills?
Do you think your structured literacy lessons should be fun, meaningful, and high interest?

Welcome to Yolanda Soryl Literacy. Yolanda is New Zealand’s original and foremost trainer of teachers, teacher aides, and parents in phonics, word recognition, and early literacy teaching. As a practicing fully registered teacher, Yolanda’s methods are solidly grounded in the practicalities and realities of daily classroom teaching. Since 2005, she has empowered over 20,000 educators to make phonics and word recognition skills an integral part of their structured literacy programme.

“So much success with my students running your programmes."

“Yolanda is the real deal. You can tell she is still a practicing teacher."

“The guided readers really motivated my students.”

“Most worthwhile seminar I have done in all my teaching years.”

“A game changer for my students.”

"Best and easiest NZ phonics programme."


Structured whole class, group and one-to-one programmes for phonics and word recognition skills.


We now offer online webinars as well as in-person nationwide courses.


70+ tried and tested products including books, phonics kits, equipment plus free downloads.


Watch Yolanda’s lesson videos and use her lesson plans.

"Every teacher should do your course! Very rarely you go to a course and are interested and awake for a whole 2 hours, then come away inspired, armed and ready to put it all into practice."

Megan Marsh
, Special Need Teacher, St Albans School

"Brilliant: the best PD I've been on. I liked the speed of the training. It was fast, valuable: fantastic!"

Faencha Doyle, 
St Benedict's School

"One of the few courses that provides you with everything you need to go off and teach right away: lesson plans, assessments, all the info from planning to teaching and assessing."

Suzanne Liggett, 
NE teacher, Ohoka School

"It’s great to have a programme that is tried and true, based on sound research and developed for New Zealand schools. I can implement this in my classroom tomorrow without having to buy expensive resources."

Linda Grant, NE teacher, New Lynn School

"Thank you for your excellent course at Halswell. I've received lots of feedback from other staff about how much they got out of it and how well you presented it. It was great. Thanks again."

Cathie Zelas, AP, Halswell School

"As a New Entrant teacher I absolutely loved the day as it was completely relevant to me and the needs of the students in my class."

Jo Flavell, NE teacher, Kimihia Primary School

"The best course I have ever done. Having a degree in linguistics I can resolutely say that this has helped me more in my teaching of phonics than a BA and B Ed combined! Thank you."

Julia Palmer, Y1 teacher, Helensville School

"We all thoroughly enjoyed the course and the teachers wished they had done it years ago. It is always refreshing to have your enthusiastic, professional and slick delivery – fantastic! Everyone is inspired!"

Annie Evans, 
Taikura Steiner School

2022 courses now available!

Exciting news. Yolanda is now teaching live webinars as well as in-person courses.

Click here to learn more.