Better
Spelling
Presenter: Krista Hiser
Holomua Writing Instructor
Better Spelling
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Attitude: Spelling is not the Enemy
WHY you’re a lousy speller
Common patterns of error – What’s
Yours?
A Few Rules
What Can You Do?
“Pijin Wawrz”
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De tawt hi waz wan a dem.
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Big Ben da bichreya.
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Hi wen ple ap hiz Loko rutz, bat hi wen put
daun his kalchrol heritej.
Aefta da riilekshenz awv 2022 hiz bainaeriz wen go
awl balistik aen hiz progaemin kam awl haemajaeng.
Hi wen go mek da maendeit daet dea was tu bi no Pijin in skul
watso-evaz.
From Lee Tonouchi’s story “Pijin Wawrz”
Question?
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Papah
Pepa
Paeper
Papur
Answer
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Greek: papuros
English Spelling is NOT phonetic
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It is based on word roots from other
languages like
Greek, Latin, and French.
Who decided on spelling?
What’s in a Word
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Vowels – open sounds, in pairs or alone
Consonants – closed sounds, often in
chunks or pairs
Syllable – a vowel + consonant unit that
makes a “beat”
Modalities:
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Visual
Auditory
Kinaesthetic
Spelling Tests
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A few rules…
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I before e, except after c
Or when it sounds like “a”
As in neighbor, and weigh.
Weird, Their, and Neither
Aren’t the same either.
A few more rules…
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When two vowels go out walking…
The first one says its name,
The second one is silent
(wait, beat)
More vowel rules
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Silent “e” is a superletter. When it
jumps over a letter, it makes the other
vowel say its name.
Wave, Lame
And don’t forget
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Every syllable has a vowel
Rules Don’t Work
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Successful spellers…
Try it Out!
Patterns of error:
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Omission
Contraction
Insertion
Transposed (mixed up)
Doubling
Substitution
Homophones
Vowels and vowel pairs
8 Ways towards
Better Spelling
8 Ways towards
Better Spelling
1. money back guarantee method:
track your errors using
“Try it Out” method
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Better Spelling
2. best way:
Read and notice words to
enhance visual memory
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Better Spelling
3. use words within words
and learn word roots
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Better Spelling
4. learn prefix and suffix patterns
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Better Spelling
5. Study words in families
(words with “ie”, words that
rhyme)
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Better Spelling
6. Latent learning
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Better Spelling
7. spellchecker games
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Better Spelling
8. choose personal words to learn
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