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*For USA/Canadian accents and spelling see bottom of this page*

Alphabetic Code Charts may be helpful for a variety of people and purposes. The following English Alphabetic Code Charts are all free to download. They can be used with the Phonics International synthetic phonics programme or to complement other basic literacy programmes for reading and spelling:

  • General information or teacher-training
  • Teachers’ files for planning or tracking progress
  • Giant charts for classroom wall display
  • Mini charts for learners’ own phonics folder or ‘for home’
  • Mini charts for literacy policy or school’s brochure
  • Charts for learners to track their own progress

General Information or Teacher Training
 
An Alphabetic Code Chart for English with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
An ideal one-side teacher-training chart to show the IPA symbols alongside easy-to-use notation for the sounds, or phonemes. This chart includes a comprehensive range of graphemes (spelling alternatives) and lists the complexities of the English alphabetic code. The chart is particularly useful for international students and teachers, and teachers of English as a second language (ESOL) who may be trained in phonetics but not necessarily systematic synthetic phonics.
The English Alphabetic Code
plus The Synthetic Phonics Teaching Principles (with pictures)
(Please note that this is the chart some universities are including in their phonics professional development literature for student teachers. To include in your university's literature, please contact us and we can provide you with a 'print-ready' PDF.)

The English Alphabetic Code
plus The Synthetic Phonics Teaching Principles (with pictures)

As above, but including the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols alongside the easy-to-use symbols.
*Recommended for use in University Literature for student teachers*

The English Alphabetic Code
plus The Synthetic Phonics Teaching Principles (without pictures)

The English Alphabetic Code
plus The Synthetic Phonics Teaching Principles (without pictures)

As above, but including the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols alongside the easy-to-use symbols.

Debbie Hepplewhite's Simple to Complex Alphabetic Code Overview
with Detailed Teaching Points (full colour)
Debbie Hepplewhite's Simple to Complex Alphabetic Code Overview
with Detailed Teaching Points (plain)
Debbie Hepplewhite's Simple to Complex Alphabetic Code Overview
with Space for Notes (full colour)
Debbie Hepplewhite's Simple to Complex Alphabetic Code Overview
with Space for Notes (plain)
 

Teachers’ Files for Planning
or Tracking Progress
 
Building up the Alphabetic Code 1a (full colour)
Building up the Alphabetic Code 2a (full colour)
Building up the Alphabetic Code 1b (plain)
Building up the Alphabetic Code 2b (plain)
Mini Colour Alphabetic Code Chart
Mini Plain Alphabetic Code Chart
 

Giant Charts for Classroom Wall Display
 
The English Alphabetic Code Complete Picture Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Full Colour Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Plain Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Grey and White Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Full Colour Chart - with Picture Prompts
for the Sounds

The English Alphabetic Code Plain Chart - with Picture Prompts
for the Sounds

The English Alphabetic Code Grey and White Chart - with Picture Prompts
for the Sounds

Mini Charts for Learners’ Own Phonics
Folder or ‘For Home’
 
The Alphabetic Code with Picture Prompts for the Sounds
The Alphabetic Code with Picture Prompts for the Sounds (plain)

Mini Charts for Literacy Policy or
School’s Brochure
 
Mini Alphabetic Code Chart with Pictures
 
 
 

Charts for Learners to
Track Their Own Progress
 
The Alphabetic Code - Colour the Code
The Alphabetic Code - Write Over the Graphemes
 
 
 
Alternative Giant Charts
(which may suit USA and Canadian Accents)
The English Alphabetic Code Complete Picture Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Full Colour Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Plain Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Grey and White Chart
The English Alphabetic Code Full Colour Chart - with Picture Prompts
for the Sounds

The English Alphabetic Code Plain Chart - with Picture Prompts
for the Sounds

The English Alphabetic Code Grey and White Chart - with Picture Prompts
for the Sounds
General Information or Teacher Training
The English Alphabetic Code plus the Synthetic Phonics Teaching Principles (with Pictures)
(Please note that this is the chart some universities are including in their phonics professional development literature for student teachers.)
Debbie Hepplewhite's Simple to Complex Alphabetic Code Overview with Detailed Teaching Points (full colour)
Mini Charts for Learners
Mini Alphabetic Code Chart with Pictures
Mini Alphabetic Code with Picture Prompts for the Sounds
The Alphabetic Code - Colour the Code

 

 

Debbie Hepplewhite

Debbie Hepplewhite MBE FRSA

"Everyone, from young learners to adults, benefits from the use of Alphabetic Code Charts.

Every classroom could have a suitable Alphabetic Code Chart which can be generic or programme-specific. "

Debbie writes various papers, articles, guides, responses and observations. Many of these can be accessed via the 'Free Resources' page at the Phonics International website:

Debbie's definition of an Alphabetic Code Chart (Click)

Alphabetic Code Chart Survey - April 2013 - Click HERE
Review of the DfE chart: Phonemic transcription examples using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) from the draft national curriculum for English (Feb 2013)
by Debbie Hepplewhite May 2013
Whilst it is impossible to have a definitive version of links between sounds of speech and the letters and letter groups of the English language, nevertheless, authors of phoneme charts and various alphabetic code charts need to be as careful as possible to be consistent in their decisions. Debbie reviews a phoneme chart which is used by the British Council and a phoneme chart used for a special needs training programme. Click HERE.

Debbie's 'Pronunciation Guide for English' does not include all the sounds in speech - but it gives a flavour of the complexities faced by people learning to read in the English language - and why teachers need to be very knowledgeable regarding how best to teach the alphabetic code and the phonics skills:

Debbie's Pronunciation Guide for English (Click)

 

     
     
     
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