Study Shows Early Sound Recognition Contributes to Good Spelling Abilities in Children, eReflect Announces

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Learning to spell is not just about knowing how to read the words, but also knowing how to recognize each word as it is heard. eReflect, makers of Ultimate Spelling found a British study that pursues this theory by determining the relationship of early sound recognition with a child’s spelling ability.

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...a more efficient spelling skill was established in children when it was based on “phonological transcoding ability” - the ability to relate the sound of a word to the pattern of the letters.

A common misconception is that in order for a child to quickly learn to spell, the trick is in exposing that child to reading. That is true on one hand, because reading and spelling skills are closely linked. However, with the following study conducted by British researchers at the University of Liverpool, it appears that sound recognition may provide a much more stable foundation for developing spelling abilities.

Ultimate Spelling developers announced the publication of this finding and the conclusion of the researchers after three years of data review was that a more efficient spelling skill was established in children when it was based on “phonological transcoding ability” - the ability to relate the sound of a word to the pattern of the letters. This in turn is what helps the learner form orthographic representations, or the specific patterns representing each sound, which in turn makes for a more succinct grasp of spelling of a word in general.

This finding certainly will come in very handy, especially for those who are in the business of teaching children how to spell. It breaks away from the traditional methods that rely on visual practice only, which, although effective as well, appear to not be as efficient as the system of presenting sound, sight, and spelling simultaneously. Schools who implement this approach will need to include vocal spelling and reading exercises, rather than the often more common large-group silent reading and spelling work.

Said Marc Slater, director of eReflect, “We are always on the search for a more precise and effective route that can help our students learn how to read and spell. What this study echoes is our long-standing belief that learning about words is not just a visual process, but is also an auditory experience.”

He further explained that this facet of spelling instruction is the reason why their software program also incorporates a sound recording of each word, to help learners not only identify the written word but to be able to recognize it when they hear it.

“Much of the learning experience makes use of more than just one sensory function,” said Slater. “As such, it is imperative that these techniques be used in combination, to provide the maximum effect and to guarantee better results. At the end of the day, we remained focused on doing everything we can to give optimal support for the cognitive development and skills improvement of our users.”

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About Ultimate Spelling™

Ultimate Spelling provides a modern and easy to use spelling software that has been designed with one goal in mind – making children WANT to learn.

It is a fast and easy way to master even the most complicated spelling, without the need to write long lists or complete boring tests.

In fact, Ultimate Spelling provides more than just spelling help. It is a complete educational resource that boosts all level of a child’s literacy.

Containing a personal computer tutor, Ultimate Spelling is the most realistic step-by-step guide to flawless spelling ability.

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