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phonics Line breaks: phon¦ics
Pronunciation: /ˈfəʊnɪks/ /ˈfɒnɪks/

Definition of phonics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
A method of teaching people to read by correlating sounds with symbols in an alphabetic writing system.
Example sentences
  • The primary focus of our teacher's reading instruction was phonics and reading fluency.
  • One class in particular is the Early Literacy class, which is well taught and focuses on phonics and other early reading methods mandated by the State of California.
  • For reading, it's phonics, phonics, phonics, supplemented with literature when the kids are ready for it.

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