The NATO Phonetic Alphabet: History & Uses


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The Phonetic Alphabet was originally intended for effective communication in _____ so that each side could hear each other communicate effectively.

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1. The Phonetic alphabet was ultimately the creation of _____, an organization created after World War II.

2. Which element of World War II below BEST describes a reason for the need of a common radio language in battle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

By using this interactive quiz and printable worksheet, you can gauge your familiarity with the modern phonetic alphabet. Topics covered include the history, use of, and reason for the development of the alphabet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the following:

  • Your ability to recognize a correct example of the use of the modern phonetic alphabet
  • Original intention for the development of the phonetic alphabet
  • Entity that created the modern phonetic alphabet
  • World War II conditions that best illustrated a need for a common language
  • Example of a modern use for phonetic alphabet

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson the phonetic alphabet
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the development and use of the modern phonetic alphabet in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the use of the phonetic alphabet

Additional Learning

To learn more about the development and usage of the modern phonetic alphabet, read through the accompanying lesson entitled, The NATO Phonetic Alphabet: History & Uses. The lesson concentrates on the following objectives:

  • Comment on what the phonetic alphabet was developed from
  • Explain one of the overriding needs for this development
  • Discuss the contribution made by the ITU
  • Enumerate the various uses of the phonetic alphabet today