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Teaching English Spelling: A Practical Guide Paperback – Mar 13 2000

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 13 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521639719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521639712
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 531 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'Surely the most comprehensive collection of classroom activities for practising common spelling patterns. The variety of task types is impressive.' EL Gazette

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A wealth of activities for practising spelling for second language, foreign language teaching and first language contexts.

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By Regina Gelfand on June 27 2009
Format: Paperback
Extremely helpful in teaching English Spelling. Very hard to find a book that focusses on Spelling Rules, and not other things such as grammar, etc.
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By Roger M Sky on Nov. 2 2015
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I'm not too happy with this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
THE book for spelling Aug. 31 2000
By Lyn Barzilai - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book, for teachers and pupils alike. It's thorough, interesting, well illustrated and thoughtfully organised. Spelling has always been a sticky subject for teachers to teach, but this book fills the gap, making the learning process a smooth one. Following the rules and explanations as they are set out in the book ensures a good grasp of what has been for many until now an illogical and bewildering subject.
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Fantastic for Native Speakers / Early ESL, but not for Adult ESL/EFL Aug. 25 2011
By Ryan Lidster - Published on
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The book's coverage of spelling is both enlightening and thorough. Teachers of all types of English, from primary school to ESL and EFL will be well served to study the insights the book provides. As just one simple example, I had no idea why certain words with the /'/ sound were spelled -ge and others -dge, but the book provides a simple explanation that could be taught to struggling students as well as plentiful activities to use them.

For adult ESL learners, however, the book still leaves gaps. It relies on students being able to distinguish between sounds that many non-native speakers have trouble hearing in order to make spelling decisions. In particular, the short/long vowel distinction (which is a central component of almost every chapter) is notoriously difficult for learners whose native tongue is Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, or even Spanish. The /e/ sound (as in "rate") and /æ/ as in "rat" might seem obviously different for us, but for many of my students, perceiving that difference, let alone producing it, remains an issue. It seems that, in order to make full use of this book in my setting as an adult ESL teacher, pronunciation exercises might need to be a necessary prerequisite.

Still, for native speakers, this book will provide a great deal of useful information, and for teachers of all levels, it will provide some semblance of order in what is otherwise a chaotic, idiosyncratic spelling system. Highly recommended.
This book goes through the basic spelling rules of English ... Oct. 5 2014
By J. Duker - Published on
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This book goes through the basic spelling rules of English, with activities included for students of different levels of proficiency. I give this only 4 out of 5 stars as the activities tend to be a bit repetitive as one goes through the book.