Part 4 – Conclusions

In this conclusion several aspects covered in ‘Understanding the Alphabetic Code’ are summarised.

Part 4: Conclusion


In conclusion:


  • English has a complex alphabetic code that is difficult to deduce, which is why it needs to be carefully taught.
  • It is sensible to start with the simplest and most common aspects of the alphabetic code and gradually progress to the more complicated aspects.
  • Most words can be worked out with the knowledge of the letter sounds that is introduced in Steps 1 to 5.
  • The more conscious knowledge that an adult has of the alphabetic code, the easier it is for them to teach children to read, write and spell accurately.
  • The alphabetic code needs to be taught to all children from the beginning, with extra teaching provided for some children, until it is mastered and used automatically.


And that concludes the teaching on this section.



  • TCRW - English Alphabetic-Code

    English alphabetic-code charts are particularly useful for adults who are interested in the many alternative spellings that are used in the English code.

  • Debbie's English Alphabetic-Code Chart

    Debbie Hepplewhite has put a great amount of detail in this chart. It is an excellent teaching aid. A link has been provided to her website, which has several other types of charts available.