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Spelling

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Chris Briggs

on 17 December 2012

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Transcript of Spelling

Finally An exam tip

If you cannot spell a word, do not worry.
Give it your best shot, but ensure that if you use it again, you spell it exactly the same way. This way you will have only one mistake. What is expected of you Spelling At level 2 Functional Skills English you are expected to be able to consistently spell high usage words and words that are less common.
You are also expected to use more complex vocabulary than you would in other levels.
This unit will show you some techniques to improve your spelling.

But first, how about a little spelling test? Difficult words spelling test Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Answers separate
necessary
weird
definitely
sincerely
because
recommend
referring
embarrass
address Mnemonics So how did you do?

Over the next few slides we will look at some techniques you can use to develop your spelling. Take a word you have difficulty spelling such as pneumatic.
Write the word down.
Look at it.
Cover it.
Practise writing it.
Check your spelling.

This technique is commonly used in schools to improve spelling. Spelling Rules One word or two? A common problem area regards whether a word is actually one word or two. The following are a list of words which are commonly confused.

aswell should really be as well
alot should really be a lot
can not should really be cannot Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelt differently. These include words like:
their / there / they're
we're / where / were / wear
know / no
The important thing is to ensure you are using the correct word. Click on the link to try some exercises:
http://www.grammarbook.com/interactive_quizzes_exercises.asp Homophones Mnemonics is a memory technique to aid recollection. A commonly used example is Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain for the colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

With spelling this could be used to remember each letter or a particular rule. Big
Elephants
Can't
Always
Use
Small
Exits For the spelling of necessary, picture a shirt. A shirt has one Collar and two Sleeves, identical to the number of Cs and Ss in the word. English is a notoriously difficult language to spell. There are, however, some rules that can help you:

when you add full to the end of a word, use only one L, e.g. helpful
i before e, except after c, e.g. niece, receive

The only problem with rules is the exceptions, e.g. weird does not follow the i before e rule. Other useful ideas Use a dictionary.
Create a spelling list on sticky notes and leave them around for you to see.
Sound out silent letters, e.g. the i in business.
Expose yourself to new words, e.g. read a newspaper or book.

Find a technique that works for you and use it. Finally
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling
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