1. a method of teaching people to read by correlating sounds with symbols in an alphabetic writing system.
Why bother to learn the sounds of the alphabet? Well, you might be surprised to learn that it’s the natural way that native speakers learn to speak English and if it’s good for the goose…
1. Learning phonics will improve your pronunciation
If you see a new word but have no idea how to pronounce it then chances are you’re going to say it wrong and be misunderstood. If however, you’ve already learned the sounds of the alphabet then you stand a much better chance of pronouncing any new words the right way the first time.
2. Learning phonics will improve your reading and spelling
If you can sound out a word in your head then you’re more likely to spell the word correctly using the individual letter sounds to guide you and this will help you sound out new words when reading aloud and even if you don’t know what the word means, you’ll be able to identify the word in written form again in the future rather than not hearing it and it appears as a random collection of scribbles to you!
3. You’ll be better understood
Chances are that at some point you’ll need to speak to someone in English and if you’ve been taught phonics and have a good handle on your pronunciation then inevitably you’ll be better understood than say someone who hasn’t put the time into their pronunciation skills.
4. Your accent will be reduced when speaking English
If you’re purposely sounding out the words then naturally your English will sound clearer to native speakers. No one’s saying your accent will disappear and hey, it’s part of your identity so there’s no need to get rid of it entirely but learning about phonics could help us natives out next time you’re trying to distinguish between ‘pet’ and ‘bed’ for example.
5. Words will ‘stick’ in your head better
If you can both visualise and hear a word inside your head then it’s much more likely that you will remember that word rather than something that appears to you like this: hkljkgfcf. Yeah, you’re not going to remember something that doesn’t make sense to you so help yourself make sense of the language and learn the individual and blended sounds of English!