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How to Manage Spelling Successfully

This groundbreaking distillation of best practice effectively demystifies the English spelling systems. It organises the myriad spelling rules and conventions into clear categories and reduces them to a manageable size.

BY SIR TOM STOPPARD, OBE OM

'One in five children and adults in the country finds spelling difficult. This is a book which deserves a welcome.'

Sir Tom Stoppard, OBE OM

About the book

  • Do you know why it matters when, what, why and how spelling is taught?
  • Do you understand the significance of learning styles for spellers?
  • What are the practical implications of spelling research for practitioners?
  • Can you classify spelling errors and use them when planning IEPS?

This book contains a comprehensive exploration of every aspect of spelling theory and the associated teaching methods.

Day-to-day advice on how to help those with difficulties is underpinned by information on the development of the English language and its effect on the evolution of our spelling system.

This groundbreaking distillation of best practice effectively demystifies the English spellling systems. It organises the myriad spelling rules and conventions into clear categories and reduces them to a manageable size.

It is relevant to pupils across the age range, including adult learners, primary and secondary school teachers, teaching assistants, specialist teachers, SENCOs and tutors will all find this an indispensable resource.

Book details
ISBN13 978 0 415 40732 8
Pages  335
Publisher Routledge

Contents

  1. English spelling's rich inheritance and the practical implications from knowing about the history and development of the English language
  2. Spelling processes
  3. Alphabetic knowledge: the keystone of language
  4. Phonics: resolving the big issues
  5. Phonological skills: theory, research, practice
  6. Matching instruction to developmental skills
  7. The evolution of spelling instruction
  8. Matching teaching methods to learning styles
  9. Assessment, identification of difficulties, spelling error analysis
  10. Are spelling rules necessary and helpful? Top 20 essential spelling rules
  11. How affixes provide signposts for spelling and enhance skills
  12. Using segmentation as the backbone of literacy
  13. A roadmap for shortcuts through the spelling jungle
  14. How information and communication technology (ICT) has revolutionised living and learning for those with dyslexia

 

Appendix: Phonics Quiz
Glossary and key terminology
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

'Well done! [This book is] excellent....It will be so useful for students, SENCOs and teachers.'
Dr Nata Goulandris, Department of Human Communiaction Science, University College London

'Wide-ranging and interesting chapters, packed full of information from research.'
British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Review

'Clever hints and summaries... helps the reader to understand the importance of learning styles and error analysis, giving you the confidence in tackling phonics and assessing progress.'
The Teacher, Journal of the National Union of Teachers (NUT)