The literacy blog: De-misty-fying spelling!

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The literacy blog: De-misty-fying spelling!

Post by Susan Godsland » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:37 pm

Latest on John Walker's blog: De-misty-fying spelling! ... l?spref=tw
I’ve just been reading ‘Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help’ by Misty Adoniou, who is a ‘Senior Lecturer in Language, Literacy and Teaching English as a Second Language' at the University of Canberra.
The piece, which appeared on the website ‘The Conversation’ ... help-20497, begins from the perspective that spelling does matter. On that we can certainly agree! Although when people make phonically plausible errors, other literate people usually have no trouble in understanding the message intended, people do, fairly or not, make judgements about poor spelling.
I also think Misty is absolutely correct in many of the things she says in her preamble:

-that spelling is one of the most tested of literacy skills but is the least taught
-that sending home lists of words to spell is not teaching spelling skills
-that ‘look, cover, write, check’ doesn’t explicitly teach spelling
-and, that looking for words in words and other detrimental practices teachers often use are a waste of time.

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