Spelling and Learning English

The famous spelling tests

Who does not remember the famous spelling and spelling competitions of the school, they were very common and not everyone participated, some more shy than others, and some seemed that they could live by spelling. How can this help a student?

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In these times thinking about the set of rules that govern spelling is something that is going out of fashion, nowadays many who were the greats of spelling and spelling would consider it in bad taste to highlight something as fluent as the language on top of their Main function. But when it comes to classrooms there is nothing of this primary function, it is all like, group, underline and spell.

Last year, Professor Lua Alvarez published an article in which she questioned all this form of teaching. In my spelling the book's title, he highlighted the importance to some extent that children strive and can spell: it is a fundamental part of reading and writing. However, when we met, Lua explained that in these times, in this society a spelling error is a reason to consider a person illiterate or stupid.

Difficult to spell English

English tops the list of the most difficult languages to spell. As you can see, each rule has exceptions, we also have the homophones (two and too). Let's take a look at the history of English, it is somewhat complicated, the language is influenced in its structure by many other languages, it also has the characteristic of borrowing many words from other languages. What we have? a tolerance for illogical spelling. We also have a wide variety of accents, so it is difficult to find a good phonemic spelling, where a group of signs belong to the sounds. If we talk about good news, the beneficiaries are the English speakers wanting to learn Finnish, Italian or Albanian; since these coincide in a regular way between spelling and pronunciation. Some teachers say they take great pleasure in organizing contests to encourage people to compete, and to show that they can do it. The contests are held in other countries, but the ways are different, for example, children in China compete by looking for words in the dictionary as quickly as possible. Although some consider that a good spelling is equal to a high intelligence, for Alvarez it is nothing more than a guess, good spelling has to do with good memorization. Although children have to pass certain tests Why does spelling have to be a parakeet exercise? Alvarez says that spelling should be used to further understand the language in its structure, such as history, culture, or diversity. Although it is important to know about silent letters for students it is disconcerting, on the other hand if we speak as old forms of pronunciation in a historical context, the change that the language has had over time, etc ... it is likely that He wears the typical pattern listen, spell, repeat.

With difficult words there must always be a combination of listening, historical knowledge, and spelling a word. A very difficult example to distinguish is homophonic words like buy | by | bye without understanding what it means and how they are used. One of the ways to memorize better is by assimilating, lessons with language history and etymology are combined.

Giving importance to etymology helps to learn other languages. Let's look at the case of words that end with i and c, of course in English, when you pronounce them you sound like ice this can sound quite contradictory to children, for example justice, J-U-S-T-I-C-E, before of spelling we can explain to them that this word comes from French, and that the end of the word sounds more like French. A little history does not hurt, tell them that French was spoken in the medieval court of England. Teaching in this way makes classes much more interesting and dynamic, encourages the creative part. Making students feel relaxed about spelling helps them feel confident, empowered, and authentic when it comes to learning.

Spelling and spelling are very important in learning, obsessing with a rigidity is something that may not give the required results, it can even be counterproductive for the teaching of English. Teachers also remember that there are many technological resources on hand, so that the classes are different and not so traditional.


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