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Teaching Spelling to English language learners

Is it just me, or has spelling taking a bit of a backseat in the classroom? We spend a lot of time teaching grammar and the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, but when it comes to spelling, I find that I usually only scratch the surface of the topic. The other day,…

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Eye halve a spelling chequer

I have recently been looking at the peculiarities of English spelling, which prompted me to dig out a poem I came across a number of years ago. I believe the poem below is the original version, although various modified versions of the poem also exist. The British Council website has a good activity for the…

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Arcademic Skill Builders

Arcademic Skill Builders is a fantastic website for ESOL and numeracy learners. The site contains a variety of games that enable learners to practise maths and English. What’s great about the games is that learners can play against each other by creating a private room that others can join if they know the password. Examples…

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Wordshapes for practising spelling

In some cases, visualising the shape of a word may be useful for helping the student to remember its spelling. For example, the following wordshape can be useful for some students who want to remember how to spell ‘Wednesday’: ESOL learners often omit the letter ‘d’ in Wednesday, so visualising the outline above could help…

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Find the mistakes

This was spotted in a shop window in London in May 2016 by one of my students. How many mistakes can you find? (Phone numbers have been edited)

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Word scramble maker

Word scramble maker allows you to make customised worksheets with jumbled up letters. This is particularly useful for practising vocabulary and spelling. To make a worksheet, just enter the words you want included, add a title for the worksheet and press the button to scramble the words. There are a number of customisation options that…

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Spellmaster – numbers

Spellmaster is a range of interactive activities created by Michael A. Riccioli and Frank McAree. There are 3 different activities are for practising the spelling of numbers, which increases in difficulty: Jigword is the easiest activity which involves matching a number with the spelling; Wordweb involves spelling numbers using all the letters given; Speedword involves…

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