What is Phonics?
Phonics 1st has been using this method to develop young children’s English learning in order to read, write and pronounce words correctly . Phonics 1st aims to develop the younger generation so they have confidence to learn English which will help them progress in the futurePhonics is a fun learning method used by teachers to teach English that uses links between letters and sounds that develops into reading, writing and spelling different words in English.
Over 90% of British schools and other countries conduct their English teaching using Phonics. This helps young children to build a strong foundation in reading and writing for a brighter future of being fluent in English.
Teaching English in Thailand nowadays still using the system of remembering and pronouncing each word after their teachers. However, teachers who are not a native English speaker can be lack of correct pronunciation, which will cause the learner to remember the pronunciation incorrectly. The learner will later experience in difficulty in communicating with a native English speaker.
Phonics will teach young children to pronounce the correct sound of the letter not by the name of the letter. For example, normally young children will be taught to pronounce A = Ae, B = Bee, C = Cee, but according to Phonics, we will teach to pronounce A = Aae, B = Ber, C = Cer, so when combining into a word eg. Cat will be “Cer-Aae-Ter= Cat”. This will help young kids understand the sound and spell the word easier. Have you ever notice that how letter “C” pronounce in the words eg. cat, cook, cup, if we pronounce by saying the name of C = Cee, we will unable to pronounce as cat but will be sad. Therefore, traditional method of learning English by repeating what teachers say doesn’t help children learn the correct sound of the word or letter.
Decoding Phonics will help in understanding the pronunciation or word combinations in the English language. This will enable children to recognize letters and words without remembering the word, even the words we’ve never seen before, never heard clearly, correctly. While the kids that learn only to remember the word, will on only recognize specific words.
Learning English with Phonics is important for all skills, whether speak or write word can be seen to help children distinguish the sound and make their listening to English conversation easier and will result in ability to have conversation in English. When new words appear, children will able to read and correctly spell and write English accordingly.
An important aspect of Phonics not only focusing on pronunciation, but also create the ability to mix sound and spelling. In order to develop reading comprehension skills to be advanced and creativeness in writing quicker. This will allow children to love reading and writing and will help open up their boundaries of learning.
There was also a result of research and learning in the brain (Brain-based learning / Neuron-scientific research) of Yale University showed that the scanned brains of people learning English by Phonics compared to traditional teaching methods, concluded that teaching methods by Phonics stimulates brain cells by helping to create new brain fibers and help the old brain fibers break down and bloom forever. The study resulted in the achievement of higher learning English compared with other methods of teaching.