Reading: The sounds of English
English has about 40 sounds. Each can be written in several ways. For instance the 'fu' sound, can be written as ‘f’, ‘ff’ or ‘ph’.
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The sounds of English includes:
- The importance of context in decoding text
- Strategies for recognising sound patterns, silent letters and compound words
- Prefixes and root words
- How English has 'borrowed' extensively from many other languages