But what about their use in teaching languages? Teaching phonics in modern foreign languages enables the teaching of key sounds, allowing them to be fixed in the long term memory. The outcome of this is the development of learners who can be more independent in the new language without continual supervision and support from the teacher. This results in learners who are able to understand more text containing unfamiliar language and learners who are more confident in speaking and reading out loud in a new language .
Learning phonics in language lessons allows learners to read by decoding; converting letters into sounds and blending them to form a recognizable word . By explicitly teaching learners the phonics of the target language, this understanding can underpin the development of accurate pronunciation and spelling. This is vital when the nature of phonics varies dramatically between languages.