Spelling Tests and Spelling Pests … and beyond!
How did you learn to spell?
Why do we need to spell correctly? <ul><li>poor spelling creates a bad impression  </li></ul><ul><li>it's the first thing ...
To improve and develop their spelling learners need to:   <ul><li>develop an interest in words  </li></ul><ul><li>feel saf...
Task 1 <ul><li>You will be given a list of words, some of which are spelt correctly and some of which are not.  Highlight ...
Task 2 <ul><li>Today, many people think they need not worry about spelling, since their word processor will mostly take ca...
Task 3 <ul><li>This is a test of your knowledge of English spelling. All you have to do is cross out all the letter &quot;...
Task 3 Explanation <ul><li>Usually people miss about 5 &quot;e's' out of the hundred in each passage, most of them in the ...
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using:   <ul><li>A spell checker? </li></ul><ul><li>A traditional dictionary?...
Oops! Spelling Mistakes in Hand Drawn Street Notices Printed Spelling Mistakes
Mnemonics <ul><li>mnemonic  [ni- mon -ik],  helpful in remembering something; or (as a noun) a form of words or letters th...
What do the following mnemonics stand for? <ul><li>Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants.   </li></ul><ul><l...
B ig  E lephants  C an  A lways  U nderstand  S mall  E lephants.   <ul><li>“ because” </li></ul>Go back
R ichard  O f  Y ork  G ave  B attle  I n  V ain. <ul><li>red,   orange,   yellow,   green ,  blue,   indigo  and  violet ...
E very  G ood  B oy  D eserves  F avour. <ul><li>E </li></ul><ul><li>G </li></ul><ul><li>B </li></ul><ul><li>D </li></ul><...
A shirt is made from one  c ollar and two  s leeves <ul><li>Necessary  contains the letter “ c ” once and the letter “ s ”...
K ids  P refer  C heese  O ver  F ried  G reen  S pinach.   <ul><li>This helps to remember the order of taxonomy in biolog...
Think of mnemonics for differentiating the  meaning  of the following words: <ul><li>licence / license </li></ul><ul><li>a...
Read Through  “ ADVAANTEJEZ OV A RASHONAL SPELING: DHE TEECHING WOOD BE RASHONAL.” <ul><li>Why is the English spelling sys...
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Spelling Tests And Spelling Pests

  1. 1. Spelling Tests and Spelling Pests … and beyond!
  2. 2. How did you learn to spell?
  3. 3. Why do we need to spell correctly? <ul><li>poor spelling creates a bad impression </li></ul><ul><li>it's the first thing a reader notices </li></ul><ul><li>examiners, teachers and prospective employers often place weight on spelling </li></ul><ul><li>anxiety about spelling inhibits individuals’ writing… </li></ul><ul><li>… and their choice of words </li></ul><ul><li>even in these days of word processors there are still times when we need to write </li></ul>
  4. 4. To improve and develop their spelling learners need to: <ul><li>develop an interest in words </li></ul><ul><li>feel safe about trying new words, not just words they're sure about </li></ul><ul><li>learn about the way words are built up using syllables </li></ul><ul><li>learn basic spelling patterns of English </li></ul><ul><li>learn memorizing strategies </li></ul><ul><li>learn the meanings of words </li></ul><ul><li>learn about prefixes and suffixes </li></ul><ul><li>write for their own enjoyment, without the fear that they will be criticized </li></ul><ul><li>read for pleasure </li></ul>
  5. 5. Task 1 <ul><li>You will be given a list of words, some of which are spelt correctly and some of which are not. Highlight or underline the correct spelling of each word. </li></ul><ul><li>(answers available upon completion) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Task 2 <ul><li>Today, many people think they need not worry about spelling, since their word processor will mostly take care of that tedious aspect. Unfortunately, that's not true. Firstly, spell checkers are not clever enough to catch mistakes such as adapt for adopt (both perfectly good words). Secondly, there are plenty of occasions in teaching, such as when you step up to a flip chart, when your inability to spell can become embarrassingly obvious. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Task 3 <ul><li>This is a test of your knowledge of English spelling. All you have to do is cross out all the letter &quot;e&quot;s in two short passages. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Task 3 Explanation <ul><li>Usually people miss about 5 &quot;e's' out of the hundred in each passage, most of them in the word &quot;the&quot;. This test has been used to identify different types of dyslexia, signalled by problems with 'important' <e>s which matter to the spelling of the word, such as the <e> in 'den' which distinguishes it from other words 'din' and 'don' but not with 'unimportant' 'e's which don't matter so much such as the 'e' in 'waited' as there are no word spelled 'waitid' or 'waitod'. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using: <ul><li>A spell checker? </li></ul><ul><li>A traditional dictionary? </li></ul><ul><li>Mnemonics </li></ul><ul><li>Flash cards </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze and analyse or realize and realise? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Oops! Spelling Mistakes in Hand Drawn Street Notices Printed Spelling Mistakes
  11. 11. Mnemonics <ul><li>mnemonic [ni- mon -ik], helpful in remembering something; or (as a noun) a form of words or letters that assists the memory, e.g. the rhyme beginning ‘Thirty days hath September’. Rhyming verse is often employed for mnemonic purposes, and it is sometimes claimed that this was poetry's original function. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What do the following mnemonics stand for? <ul><li>Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants. </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain. </li></ul><ul><li>Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. </li></ul><ul><li>A shirt is made from one collar and two sleeves </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach. </li></ul>
  13. 13. B ig E lephants C an A lways U nderstand S mall E lephants. <ul><li>“ because” </li></ul>Go back
  14. 14. R ichard O f Y ork G ave B attle I n V ain. <ul><li>red, orange, yellow, green , blue, indigo and violet form the seven colours of the rainbow </li></ul>Go back
  15. 15. E very G ood B oy D eserves F avour. <ul><li>E </li></ul><ul><li>G </li></ul><ul><li>B </li></ul><ul><li>D </li></ul><ul><li>F </li></ul><ul><li>are musical notes, in sequence </li></ul>Go back
  16. 16. A shirt is made from one c ollar and two s leeves <ul><li>Necessary contains the letter “ c ” once and the letter “ s ” twice </li></ul>Go back
  17. 17. K ids P refer C heese O ver F ried G reen S pinach. <ul><li>This helps to remember the order of taxonomy in biology: </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdom , Phylum , Class , Order , Family , Genus , Species </li></ul>Go back
  18. 18. Think of mnemonics for differentiating the meaning of the following words: <ul><li>licence / license </li></ul><ul><li>affect / effect </li></ul><ul><li>enquire / inquire </li></ul><ul><li>(If you’re a little rusty, word meanings are available) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Read Through “ ADVAANTEJEZ OV A RASHONAL SPELING: DHE TEECHING WOOD BE RASHONAL.” <ul><li>Why is the English spelling system so confusing? </li></ul><ul><li>Should we try a simplified system of spelling? </li></ul>The Simplified Spelling Society
  20. 20. Any Questions?

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