Definition of pre-reading in US English:

pre-reading

adjective

  • Prior to learning to read; taking place before a child or student has learnt to read; preparatory to reading.

noun

  • An initial stage in the process of teaching a student to read; a skill seen as leading to the ability to read.

Origin

1920s. From pre- + reading. Compare pre-reader.

Pronunciation

pre-reading

/(ˌ)priːˈriːdɪŋ/