Hear the Sounds

Hear the Sounds

The English Alphabetic Code 'Hear the Sounds'

You can hear Debbie say each 'sound' shown down the left-hand column of the Alphabetic Code Chart followed by an example word which includes the sound. This is the first sound of the words at first, but can also be the middle or last sound of the example words.
Most of the sounds are 'phonemes' (the smallest identifiable sounds) such as /s/ and /i/ but some sounds are two phonemes combined such as /k+s/ as in 'fox' and /k+w/ as in 'queen'. The focus graphemes (letters or letter groups) are highlighted in the printed words and pictures illustrate the meaning of the words.

Key Pictures Alphabetic Code Overview Chart - PDF
(as used in the videos)

'Say the sounds and see the spelling alternatives'
Part 1 of 2 videos

Debbie uses the same Alphabetic Code Chart but this time she says each sound followed by the word examples for all the 'spelling alternatives' (graphemes) as shown across the rows on the chart.

'Say the sounds and see the spelling alternatives'
Part 2 of 2 videos

The spelling alternatives on the Alphabetic Code Chart (as shown on the videos) have a full range of teaching and learning resources in the Phonics International programme to teach the alphabetic code and the three core skills of blending all-through-the-word for reading, segmenting all-through-the-spoken-word for spelling and handwriting.
Ultimately, learners need to become familiar with 'spelling word banks' to support them with life-long spelling.

'Hear the Sounds' (from Unit 1)

This audio-visual resource is in Unit 1 of the Phonics International programme. This style of 'Hear the Sounds' resource is available in Units 1 to 6 of the programme. There are also printable 'Picture Posters' to match this resource in Units 1 to 6. The example words in this resource are not cumulative and decodable for the learner at first because the learner is 'tallying' the sounds he or she hears in the spoken word to the position of the focus grapheme in the printed word. (click the image to view the resource)

PICTURE POSTERS (PDF download from Unit 1)