According to wiki: Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes—in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them.
In my words, the ability to spell it when heard the word, or pronounce it when saw the spelling. such as, 'o' in 'dog' has a different sound as in 'code'.
But if a kid is already in an English speaking environment, such as mine, the pronunciation will be rectified by ppl around him, the spelling will be picked up as the everyday exposure, does he/she still need learn phonics?
I personally takes English skills need learning as
- vocabulary and phrases, this is the foundation
- grammar, this is hard to summarize by a kid himself
- understand the subtle difference of synonyms, as in mood, social identity of speaker and audience etc
- write properly for different contexture
For the phonics part I take it as important for kid not in an English speaking environment, so that to derive on his/her own, but not necessary for one who is already immersed in.
But surely I have no idea on education, I must be ignorant somewhere as it seems now in the last year of kindergarten (K2) and first year of primary school (P1), phonics are taught, for 2 years! Pls kindly correct my blindspot?