Why Phonics?

9th October 2014

Why learn through Phonics? What does pronunciation have to do with reading?

A study conducted by Linnea Ehri (2002) provided insight on how readers can look at thousands of words and instantly recognise their meaning. Ehri found that the sight of a word triggers its pronunciation, and it is this pronunciation that is stored in memory - along with the meaning of the word. Our lips might not move when we read, but our brains are "talking." Ehri's studies show that trying to recognise thousands of words from their appearance alone (pattern recognition) is nearly impossible. Speech memory is the key.

We found this research really interesting, and you can read it in more detail here 


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