Recognising letters and words

First time here? Watch this introductory video, then choose a level.

One-minute video

One-minute video

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.

Start learning

Choose a level right for you

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.