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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The primary focus of our teacher's reading instruction was phonics and reading fluency.’
    • ‘In the crucial early years of a child's education we need phonics and only phonics.’
    • ‘For reading, it's phonics, phonics, phonics, supplemented with literature when the kids are ready for it.’
    • ‘The role of phonics in reading and writing instruction has become as much a political issue as an educational one.’