Definition of initial teaching alphabet in English:

initial teaching alphabet


  • 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.’