Phonetics needs to be rebased in English, the lingua franca of the world to be more useful. The present international phonetics (IPA) and US dictionary keys are not user friendly because of special symbols. Not writeable That's why they are not used in schools for reading instruction, and not used in media or government publications. There is an answer. There is only one phonetic system in US English designed as a user friendly pronunciation guide using no special symbols, truespel phonetics. See the difference between IPA and truespel here The free phonetic converter is at http://truespel.com Free tutorials are at http://justpaste.it/use it. These have new Information for teachers about how the sounds of US English are spelled and to what frequency.
Finally It's time to integrate reading instruction with dictionaries, translation guides, ESL and all other literacy aspects behind an easy to use phonetic system.