Phonics Handbook by Dr Tom Nicholson includes lesson plans for every phonics skill: from the basic alphabet sounds to blends, digraphs and syllable breaking. Each lesson is followed by a worksheet for students. The book includes diagnostic assessments of phoneme awareness, basic decoding skills, invented spelling, writing, and attitudes to reading. There is a test of word reading and an informal reading inventory. In this way, the book helps the tutor make assessments of the students needs at the outset, and of whether the tutoring has been effective at the end of the programme. Finally, the book offers a range of alternative teaching strategies. It includes advice on helping students with English as a second language, as well as those with difficulties ranging from dyslexia to motivation and attention problems. Whether the aim is to reinforce spelling, assist reading comprehension, or teach Ôhard to teachÕ students, phonics Handbook gives research-based advice on best practice.