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In the field of beginning reading, there are two basic schools of thought in the U.S. today. One emphasizes "whole language" teaching, which relies on teaching a lot of reading; the other emphasizes phonics, teaching how letters and syllables correspond to sounds. Phonics instruction may be especially difficult in English, since English has the most difficult spelling of any Western language. Consider the various ways we create the f *sound in *cough, photo, *and *giraffe, or the sh sound in special, issue, vicious, *and *portion, or the k sound in tack, quite, and shellac, and how we pronounce the o in do, core, lock, *and *bone, or the ea in lead, ocean, idea, and early. Teaching phonics obviously isn't an easy job, but it's probably an important one.
First Known Use of phonics
PHONICS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of phonics for English Language Learners
: a method of teaching people to read and pronounce words by learning the sounds of letters, letter groups, and syllables
PHONICS Defined for Kids
Definition of phonics for Students
: a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the usual sound of letters, letter groups, and syllables
Medical Definition of phonics
1: the science of sound : acoustics
2: a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables
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