Phonics for adults

Phonics for adults is every bit as important as it is for children. That’s because phonics is the basis of reading and writing.

Adults with poor reading skills often blame themselves for their reading problems. But most people who struggle with reading do so because of the instruction they failed to receive as children. The good news is that it is never too late to become a successful reader and speller!

So what can be done for adults?

Phonics for adults, starts with how the letters of the alphabet are pronounced. Most adults know the letter names but often don't know the different sounds those letters make, for example the letter ‘a’ can make the a sound like in ant or the ‘a’ sound like in arrow.

There are some letter sounds that are particularly difficult:

a b c d e g i j n o p q v w u

Some get confused because of the slight differences between sounds ... or because they look similar.

Some examples are...

j and g

f and v

c and s

d p and b


The next step is learning the phonics terminology:

Phonics Terminology

Our Phonics Parent Guide is a great place to start!


Phonics Parent Guide