Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of initial teaching alphabet in English:
A 44-letter phonetic alphabet used to help those beginning to read and write English. It was used in many British primary schools in the 1960s but is now rarely seen.
- Although most names are upper case, there are such exceptions as the Initial Teaching Alphabet (or initial teaching alphabet), officially abbreviated as i.t.a. and ita.
- Educators may remember the debate about the so-called ITA, initial teaching alphabet, which relied on a more phonemic spelling, with the aim of helping children to learn to read more quickly.
- Children in the experimental class received classroom instruction in a room where only the initial teaching alphabet was used for reading and writing.
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