Did you know that some languages do not have letter names, only letter sounds? This makes learning to read easier as students do not have to learn both the name of a letter and its sound, and know when to use each. Automaticity (speed) in recognizing and saying the sounds of the letters, or letter combinations that make certain sounds, is essential in learning to read. If it takes a student several seconds to recall and say each sound in a word, by the time he/she arrives at the last sound, the first sounds are often forgotten. For some suggestions for practicing the sounds, and for some visuals and actions to assist you with this, click on Download File below. A sound file for each of the four lists of sounds has also been provided. Please use them to check any of the sounds you are unsure of. It is not recommended that your child listen to the sound files while following along the accompanying sheets of sounds, as it is possible he/she may simply memorize a series of sounds rather than the individual sounds themselves.
These sounds are introduced in Kindergarten, although only the letters of the alphabet (names and sounds) are assessed. All of the sounds are reviewed in the fall of Grade One. Below the lists are some videos of the sounds.
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For a sheet that shows an image of each word/action for the sounds in List 1, click Download file below. Note that the sounds are not in the same order as as the list above, which accompanies the sound file.
Several letters make more than one sound. Some of these are introduced in Kindergarten. The rest are introduced in Grade One.
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These sounds are called "les sons composés." They are made with more than one letter. They are usually introduced later in the Grade One year.
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These sounds are introduced in Grade Two.
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How to Make French Sounds
This video covers the sounds oi, in, on, ch, ou, u and r.
French Sounds Video Clip
In this clip the phonetic transcriptions of the sounds are written in the square brackets. Ignore them and focus on the highlighted red letters in the words to see how the sound is written in words. You will notice that some sounds are written more than one way. Note that for the page with "Lapin", the word "Brun" should not be there.