Our Phonic Australian Language Skills
1. Our words are written down by the use of phonograms.
2. Phonogram is a word that means ‘a written sound.’ Phono means sound and gram means written.
3. There are 3 groups of phonograms in our language. Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary.
4. Primary phonograms match the vowel and consonant sounds that we speak and they also make up the Primary Phonogram Words.
5. The following words are all Primary Phonogram Words.
am chat sang that *make game arm
fair bed let red vest yes mete Pete
we term near in thing bike site on hot
pop go rope hope look pool zoo for
how toy up just dune tune
* Many words that have the long vowel sounds of a e i o u must include the silent e at the end of the word.
6. Secondary phonograms have silent letters added to primary phonograms.
7. The following words are all Secondary Phonogram Words.
aid stay steak boat light height store
blow heart back ghost guest when
knit scent write
8. Tertiary phonograms are letters that don’t match the sounds we speak.
9. The following words are all Tertiary Phonogram Words.
they weight share said work my fast
new taught lawn there glove many
photo social nation
10. To avoid confusion in a learner’s mind, they must first learn the Primary Phonogram Words of our language. These are the words that match the sounds we speak. They are also known as regular words. There are over 1200 primary phonogram words which a learner can master in a very short time.
11. Once the Primary phonogram words are mastered the learner will easily absorb the secondary and tertiary phonogram words.
Let’s now move on to Primary Phonograms Inroduction.