This spelling strategies section is filled with lots of useful techniques and information. The English language can seem complicated and confusing. This is because the sounds generally match up to the letters in a variety of ways (see Phonic Alphabetic code chart for clarification of this point). Therefore to be a good speller you need to learn how to use your memory more effectively.
Dyslexic people generally have difficulties spelling sound by sound. However there is a lack of emphasis on the important role that memory plays in spelling ability. Being a good speller is about knowing when to sound words out and when to use your memory. Click here for the Truth about How to Spell.
This section contains some basic and fundamental spelling strategies. You can use them to make any word more memorable and easier to spell. It is important to realise that there are so many ways of dissecting words to create extra layers of memory. Click here for Spelling Help: How to Spell Any Word.
The principles of the phonics teaching method will help to make words easier to deconstruct. This will aid your ability to pinpoint and correct spelling mistakes. It will also help develop your awareness of how the sounds work with the letters in the English language. Click here for phonics spelling help.
It is very difficult to apply consistent rules to an inconsistent language like English. Therefore it is probably a good idea not to worry too much about rules like ‘I’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’. The real rules of English are in its structure. Click here for English Spelling Rules are Rubbish.
Forgetting how to spell simple words can be really irritating. This problem occurs because a lot of short words that we use everyday are unphonetic. In order to overcome this difficulty you need to make these simple words more distinctive. Click here for Forgetting Simple Words.
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Hopefully this spelling strategies section has been interesting and useful. As you can see there is more to spelling than just sounding each word out. It also requires adding extra layers of memory to make sure words are remembered correctly. It’s best to think of spelling as a multi layered process. Click here for writing help.