Pronics English is a unique learning system which helps teachers and parents teach english pronunciation and raise phonemic awareness. Pronics English helps children to pronounce, read, and write in English in a quick, fun and efficient way. It is designed to be used alongside any English course or reading scheme.
Pronics English can be used with all children who are learning English between the age of 4 and 10. It can also give children who speak English as their first language a head start in phonemic awareness.
Who is it for?
For parents or teachers who want to give their children a head start in phonemic awareness and teach pronunciation.
Because the Pronics method is easy to learn, fun and highly effective.
Rhymes and fun
Children have fun going through the Pronics English storybook learning rhymes as they go.
19+1 vowel sounds
English has 19 different vowel sounds for only 6 letters (AEIOU+Y). The story book introduces the 19 vowel sounds and the sound /ju:/.
Pronics English starter includes stickers and a Sounds book to help children learn the 19+1 vowel sounds.
Pronics for English as a second language
Unless children are in constant contact with native speakers from a very young age, it is very unlikely that a child will develop a native speaker like pronunciation, even when having English lessons.
When children start learning English, the focus is often more on the acquisition and spelling of new words rather than on learning sounds and pronunciation. Children therefore very often pronounce words by looking at the way they are spelt as they have been given no guidance on pronouncing sounds in the English language. These errors are very difficult to correct if not tackled early.
In English there are many sounds that do not exist in other languages. In Italian for example there are 5 vowels letters (AEIOU) that can be pronounced in 7 different ways. In English on the other hand there are 6 vowel letters (AEIOU + Y) which need to be pronounced in at least 19 different ways!
No wonder our children have difficulty with pronunciation, spelling and reading!
Why is it called Pronics?
It is called “Pronics” as the method is a mix between pronunciation and phonics. “Pronunciation” refers to the way in which we make the sounds in words and sentences and “Phonics” refers to how we can teach children to read and write through the identification of sounds and the recognition of which letters represent those sounds to form a word.
What does the Pronics method use to help children pronounce and read in English?
- A lovely simple short story book which forms the basis of the whole Pronics learning system.
- 20 easy to learn rhymes to help children remember and pronounce the 20 vowel sounds easily and effortlessly.
- The use of the 20 easy to learn “Help Symbols” (stickers) which can be placed above the words which directly relate to the 20 most problematic phonemes. The “Help Symbols” (stickers) give children the support they need to pronounce and read English correctly. Children need to simply pronounce the sound represented by the symbol and then pronounce the word. Children have fun drawing or using the stickers of the symbols above the words.
- Language is introduced in the order of usefulness, relevance of meaning, and attractiveness not in the order of the perceived complexity of the grapheme phoneme combination. This means that through using the symbols children can learn to read and enjoy a wider variety of material without getting tripped up over complex spelling patterns.