Recognising letters and words

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How can we recognise letters and words?

A letter or letter pattern like ‘ow’ may sound different in different words. As in ‘slow down’.

Quick tips for tutors

Recognising letters and words includes:

  • The importance of alphabetic sequence in accessing indexed information (as in dictionaries, phone books).
  • Using common letter patterns to support reading fluency.
  • Understanding the contributions of other languages to the English language.


What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland. A useful qualification for many jobs.

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