Teaching the alphabet

Teaching the alphabet

In a manner that supports reading, spelling and writing

What to teach? When to screen? How to cater for the range in ability?  
This course will provide you with the structure and tools to improve the literacy outcomes of your students who have weak alphabet skills or as a supplementary course for staff within the early years.

Recommended for - staff working with students who have weak alphabet skills or as a supplementary course for staff within the early years
Course presenter - Diana Rigg BA(Ed), BEd, CPP(UK), MEd, MSc(SpPath)
Course length - 1.5 hours
Access to course - 90 days
Certificate - Awarded upon completion
Supporting materials - Referenced material available for download 


Course Description

This is a short course, which delivers a practical research-based approach to teaching the alphabet. It is essential that people working with children within their early years understand how to skillfully instruct this essential area so that children are equipped for their transition into early reading, spelling and writing.


The short-course explores the following:

  • A brief introduction to basic principles of synthetic phonics, which underlies the PLD approach to teaching the alphabet.
  • Demonstrations on how to explicitly teach the alphabet using PLD’s ‘Alphabet and early phonics, the multi-sensory way’.
  • Demonstrations on how to apply this process to a set of generic alphabet cards.
  • Tips - when children are slow to acquire the alphabet.
  • The presentation of two screening tools track student progress. The first screen outlines readiness for learning the alphabet (i.e. initial phoneme or sound awareness). The second assessment tracks alphabet sound recognition (which supports reading) and alphabet sound recall and formation (which supports spelling & writing).
  • Suggestions on what are the next areas to target after the alphabet.


At the end of my course, students will be able to...

  • Understand the basic principles underpinning synthetic phonics and the theoretical base supporting PLD’s approach to teaching the alphabet.
  • Explicitly instruct the alphabet sounds in a manner that supports later early literacy development and ultimately speeds up a child’s preparation for reading.
  • Understand which alphabet sounds to teach first.
  • Understand tips to implement when children are slower than their peers to acquire alphabet skills.
  • Track alphabet skills for reading and alphabet skills for spelling and writing using PLD’s assessment sheets.
  • Identify is children are ready to learn the alphabet.
  • Understand where to go next after alphabet sounds have or are being acquired.


Who should take this course? Who should not?

  • The course focuses primarily upon the effective instruction of the alphabet within the early years, however the course can benefit those working with students within the primary schools years who are experiencing difficulty acquiring alphabet knowledge.
  • Literacy Coordinators or Junior Primary Coordinators (looking for positive and consistent processes within schools).
  • Day care and community care providers.
  • Student teachers and/or parents.
  • Tutors aiming to devise a program for the students they are working with.
  • Speech pathologists, educational psychologists or occupational therapists working within the realm of early literacy.


What will students need to know or do before starting this course?

  • The online course is ideal for the beginning of a school year, but it can be commenced at any time within an academic year.
  • The course provides an overview of theory but is very practical in nature, demonstrating many ways to approach the teaching of the alphabet.


What materials/software do the students need and what actions do they have to perform before the course begins?

  • Download the screening tools for reference within the course.


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What are others saying about this course?

A Fantastic Course

This course provides an explicit and systematic approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics. It was clear and concise in the way it presented the information. I highly recommend this course.

by Holly Wilkie

Teaching the Alphabet

A wonderful refresher, thank you for providing this online. Broken down in a simple manner with terrific supporting resources. Love the focus on mouth, action and sound to support early learning.

by Cathy Eckersley

Excellent introduction

I found this course to be an excellent introduction to using the PLD resources in the classroom to teach letter sounds and early reading, spelling and writing. I love that you taught us how to recognise the issues that particular students may be e...

by Kate Witcombe

A Fantastic Course

This course provides an explicit and systematic approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics. It was clear and concise in the way it presented the information. I highly recommend this course.

by Holly Wilkie

Teaching the Alphabet

A wonderful refresher, thank you for providing this online. Broken down in a simple manner with terrific supporting resources. Love the focus on mouth, action and sound to support early learning.

by Cathy Eckersley

Excellent introduction

I found this course to be an excellent introduction to using the PLD resources in the classroom to teach letter sounds and early reading, spelling and writing. I love that you taught us how to recognise the issues that particular students may be e...

by Kate Witcombe

Teaching the alphabet in a manner that supports reading, spelling and writing

Very informative and easy to follow.

by caitlin dennis

Excellent online PD

This was a wonderfully clear and simple introduction to the PLD program and I was really inspired to implement the activities in my grade tomorrow. I have just moved to a school that follows the PLD program and this has been a great help. Really ...

by lisa kofoed

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