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  • Writer's pictureRuth Tougas

A phoneme is a speech sound; the first step in learning to read & spell then connecting the sounds!

A phoneme is a speech sound. It is the foundation for learning to read for any language with an alphabetic writing system that represents language at the phoneme level such as English and French. The English language has appx 45 speech sounds or phonemes. We combine them to make words; for example the sounds sh o ck when combined they make the word shock.

Learning the sound is the first step in learning to read followed by connecting the sounds, such as the sounds sh o ck; we combined them to make the word shock. Awareness of the phonemes is the lowest level of the language system in learning to read.

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