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Hi,

My question is - what is the difference between phonics and phonetics?

I'm pretty interested in teaching the above, and I'm thinking of taking up courses for both.

2nd qtn : would I be able to teach phonetics also if I were to only take up the phonics course? and vice versa?
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AnonymousHi,

My question is - what is the difference between phonics and phonetics?

I'm pretty interested in teaching the above, and I'm thinking of taking up courses for both.

2nd qtn : would I be able to teach phonetics also if I were to only take up the phonics course? and vice versa?

Phonics is the method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic values of letters, groups of letters, syllables, etc. Thus, it's concentrating on written language, and how to translate written language into speech.

Phonetics is the study and classification of spoken sounds in languages.

So no, you couldn't teach phonetics by learning only phonics. Phonics is an application of phonetic research, so with the right classes and research into phonetics, you could conceivably teach phonics. However, that would be time consuming unless you just focused on phonics as a sub-area of phonetics.

If your interest is in teaching phonics, better then to take specific courses about that, and not try to ingest the enormous field of phonetics, encompassing all its numerous branches and sub-branches. Indeed, professional academics who study phonetics tend to specialize in certain areas of it.
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Anonymouswould I be able to teach phonetics also if I were to only take up the phonics course?
Very very doubtful. Emotion: sad
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Hello Anonymous,

Phonics has been commercialized for years, so you can see many variations of rules for sounding-out ABCs.

Phonetics is defined at Answers.com as 
  1. The branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech and their production, combination, description, and representation by written symbols.
  2. The system of sounds of a particular language. 
For noncommercial teaching tools based on SPEECH SOUNDS and sound-spellings (the opposite of phonics), explore my postings:

WordsAhead.org

YouTube.com/IndependentScholar

WordsAhead.WordPress.com

All success,

Judy 
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thanks a lot.Your explanation was really clear and useful for me.