Spelling is a complex language skill, and many approaches to teaching spelling often discourage children from seeing the true beauty of language and the importance of proper spelling.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) December 17, 2014
eReflect, the software company that has designed the best-selling Ultimate Spelling™ program for children and adults, announces that Tess Daffern’s proposal for equipping schoolchildren with crucial spelling strategies is one that more people need to know about.
PhD student Tess Daffern discovered in her research that children need to be exposed to learning strategies from a very young age. The fact that people rely on auto-correct tools and spellchecking features these days makes it even more imperative to give children the toolkit to learn how to spell on their own.
Spelling is a complex language skill, and many approaches to teaching spelling often discourage children from seeing the true beauty of language and the importance of proper spelling. Daffern’s research revealed that spelling is a more valid and reliable predictor of a person’s literacy than grammar and punctuation are. For that reason, she insists, a more complex approach to teaching spelling should be adopted by educators. As she states, “Students are actually capable of learning aspects of morphology, which is more complex and has a longer development span.”
Students often focus on phonology to learn spelling. This approach which maps the letter to sound correspondence, is one that many teachers consider to be the key to phonological awareness and the springboard for learning to spell. However, this might not be as effective as teaching children basic morphology principles, Daffern’s research shows. Morphology equips students with the knowledge to predict the spelling of unknown words. The more knowledgeable of morphology rules and principles a student knows, the better at spelling they can potentially become.
eReflect, spelling software developer, adds that teaching spelling should be approached through a comprehensive practice that engages all aspects of spelling, including both phonology and morphology. This will allow spellers to first make informed spelling choices for unknown or new words. Next, it will help them rely on their own knowledge to spell check their work rather than depending on software and digital spellcheckers.
Research like Daffern‘s sheds light on lesser known aspects of teaching methodologies of spelling, and eReflect believes they should be analyzed further, and adopted if they show promising results for learners.
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