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How To Teach Spelling
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All of the following are memory aids except
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Hi. I'm Deborah and I'm from Great London Tutors and I teach foreign languages and English as a second language, and today, I'm going to give you some tips on how to teach. Spelling's very important because even though nowadays a lot of people rely on spell check on their computers, spell check doesn't always pick up on spelling mistakes especially if you've spelt words in the wrong context and I should say misspelt the word in the wrong context, spell check might not pick up on it and also people still handwrite a lot, and so spelling's very important for academic work and obviously good spelling helps with your reading. Now, with a lot of my students, I come up with some very good memory aids to help them with their spelling and I find that this has really helped them a lot. The first one and I'd say this is a more traditional one, the cover, try and memorize the word and then look back at it again. And so this is very good for learners with very visual memories so they can picture the word, they cover it, try and visualize it in their mind then uncover it, look at it again and then write out. But that's a very old-fashioned way of helping with your spelling. Another way which I find is very useful and this is very good for complicated words but words that we use everyday, is to say the word fanatically to yourself. So a very good example would be the word 'sincerely', which is a word we have to write nearly everyday when we write an email or a letter. Now, it's one of the top ten spelling mistakes. It's actually, fanatically, it's actually written 'sincerly' and so I tell a lot of my students, so when they're writing 'sincerely', to try and think of the word 'sincerly' and that will help them write that word. Because if you just think of 'sincerely', it's very easy, for example to spell the word like that. Okay. Another memory aid is thinking of a word as a compound word, say for example, 'grapefruit', you need to split it in two. So you have 'grape' 'fruit' - 'grapefruit' and you can use this method to break words up into syllables. So another one would be 'nutcase', obviously that's two syllables and that's a very easy way to remember how to spell. I'm sure that a lot of people have their own memory aids for spelling but another one that I find very useful is to create a little rhyme and have a set of rules in your head. The classic one is 'i' before 'e' except after 'c', which I remember from school and I'm sure lots of people do. For example, with the word 'necessary', which is very hard to spell, something I do with my students is say one collar, two sleeves so they have this really nice visual memory in their mind of a shirt and so when they have to spell the word 'necessary', they know okay, it's one collar- one 'c' and two sleeves - two 's's. That's what confuses a lot of people with spellings. Is it one 's', is it two 'c's, is it two 't's so you could do something like two cups of tea and that really helps my students. .
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