Spelling Rules: to improve spelling & confidence
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Spelling Rules: to improve spelling & confidence

A step-by-step how to spell guide for British & American English
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4.4 (336 ratings)
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1,831 students enrolled
Created by Joanne Rudling
Last updated 7/2020
English
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This course includes
  • 10 hours on-demand video
  • 72 downloadable resources
  • 2 Practice Tests
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand key spelling rules
  • Be confident in spelling and writing
  • Understand why spelling is the way it is
  • Build words with prefixes and suffixes to help spelling, and reading
  • Notice letter and spelling patterns
  • Improve reading and vocabulary too
Requirements
  • Native speakers who can read and write but need help with spelling.
  • A good level of English for non-native speakers.
  • Not for beginner ESL, second language students.
Description

This Spelling Rules course is for both British and American English users, especially native speakers, who feel embarrassed by their spelling, and haven't really had to use spelling much but now because of emails, social media, writing reports, etc., suddenly need to improve spelling for work, training, and to improve job prospects. 

The course is also great for people who are coming back to studying, who've maybe had a bad experience at school, or maybe need to help children with their spelling. 

This is a clear, friendly, step-by-step course that builds your spelling knowledge and confidence in spelling because it's not about learning obscure spelling rules but useful, very helpful rules: 

  • Adding -es to nouns and verbs 
  • Drop the 'e' rule 
  • Silent 'e' magic 'e'
  • 1:1:1 doubling up rule for short and long words
  • y to i and y to ies rules 
  • Silent letter patterns and rules
  •  Letter pattern rules (cial/tial, tion/sion/cian, ie or ei...) 
  • And many more


Why is learning and knowing spelling rules so helpful?

  1. They help explain why certain letter patterns occur, and why a word is spelled the way it is.
  2. They can help you figure out how to spell a word, of course.
  3. They help your reading because you can identify the rule's letter patterns.
  4. They help you build "long" words with prefixes & suffixes.
  5. And they help your confidence to spell well, to read, and to improve your vocabulary.


The course's tutor, Joanne Rudling, is a lecturer, tutor, teacher trainer with 20 years' experience in teaching spelling, literacy and English in colleges in the UK.

It's a video based course with additional PDF worksheets for revision, external exercises & quizzes, and spelling tests, which are all in the Resources section of the course.


Reviews:

I enjoyed the course because it is very clear and you can go over and over it again until you feel comfortable to move on. Darren

A lot of good information is covered and is easy to understand. Joanne is an awesome teacher and I've learned so much from taking her Spelling Strategies Video in 2013. Julie

It is a very good course for people to understand the reason behind spelling. This is a much better way to remember the correct spelling. Zohal 

Great source for improving spelling.Thank you, Joanne. 

So far the course is nicely laid out. I also like the tests after each lesson. John

It's very helpful and interesting Kristy

Excellent materials  JC



Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for American and British adult native speakers.
  • Anyone who is frustrated with their spelling.
Course content
Expand all 143 lectures 10:08:28
+ Start Here
4 lectures 16:43

This introduction to the Spelling Rules Course explains how this course is suitable for adults who are American and British English users. This course is for you if you  feel embarrassed by your spelling, had a bad experience at school, have not really had to use spelling much but now because of emails, social media, writing reports, etc. suddenly need to improve spelling for your work, and to improve your job prospects, or maybe help your children with their spelling.

Learning spelling rules is a great way to improve your spelling, and also helps you understand why certain letter patterns occur, and why a word is spelled the way it is, and gives you confidence to write and apply for that promotion, job, training course you long for.

It's never too late to improve your spelling.

I've had over 20 years experience teaching spelling, English, literacy and writing, and have my own spelling for adults website. I've also worked for Amazon drama changing their closed captions/subtitles from American to British English.








Preview 04:01

There are some words that you need to know when learning spelling rules: short and long vowel sounds, vowel and consonant suffixes, prefixes, suffixes, and root words, letter patterns, syllables, syllable breakdown, and syllable stress. Do you know what these words mean? Or do you know the words but not sure how they relate to spelling?

Preview 07:34

Find out how to access the PDFs, exercises and spelling tests that go with each lesson.

Preview 01:52

Test your spelling knowledge with this video. Please don't worry about making mistakes - mistakes are great because you can learn from them.

When you've finished the course, go to the last section and re-do this test.

Remember that just because you've seen a lesson on the rule once doesn't mean you're going to remember it, so revise little and often to get it into your long term memory.

Preview 03:16
+ Magic 'e' Silent 'e' Spelling Rule
5 lectures 30:09

The silent 'e' at the end of words makes a huge difference to the meaning and pronunciation of words - that's why it's "magic" and such a powerful "little" letter. You'll find out how it works, why it's necessary and how it can improve not only your spelling but reading too.

Magic 'e' Silent 'e' video
06:55

Write the pairs of words you hear then pause the player to check your spelling.

Magic 'e' silent 'e' pairs spelling test
06:23

Use your knowledge of the magic 'e' and how it makes short and long sounds in words.

magic 'e' revision exercise
16 questions

This special little 'e' can change the end sound of longer words too. And we'll look at some common first names that are influenced by this  'e'.

Magic 'e' Silent 'e' for longer words & names video
05:07

This 'e' can change the sound of other letters.

Other uses of the Magic 'e' Silent 'e'
04:12

This is a spelling test on video. Listen and write, then check your spelling letter by letter on the screen.

Magic 'e' Silent 'e' spelling test video
07:32
+ Drop the 'e' Spelling Rule
7 lectures 22:59

This rule is all about dropping the 'e' when adding vowel suffixes like -ing and -y  but sometimes we keep the 'e' too find out all about this useful rule.Top tip though - I hope you've watched the previous two videos on the vocabulary of spelling and the magic 'e' silent 'e' because you'll need some of the language and knowledge from these two lessons.

Drop the 'e' video
09:35

Learn about the important words that are exceptions to this rule.

Drop the 'e' exceptions
02:24

Revise when we drop or keep the 'e' with the -able & -ible suffix endings. Learn why we keep the 'e' with some -able words.

Drop or keep the 'e' with -able & -ible revision video
04:23
Drop the 'e' with -able & -ible spelling test
04:58

Use your knowledge of spelling rules, your memory tricks, and your visual memory to help you choose the correct spelling.

drop the 'e' revision exercise
12 questions

The spelling of truly is the exception to the rule and that's why it's often misspelled, so to avoid spelling it with  an 'e' watch this video again and again.

Common misspelled word: truly
00:29

The spelling of argument is the exception to the rule and that's why it's often misspelled, so to avoid spelling it with an 'e' watch this video again and again, and use memory tricks.

Common misspelled word: argument
00:37

The spelling of awful is the exception to the rule and that's why it's often misspelled, so to avoid spelling it with an 'e' watch this video again and again.

Common misspelled word: awful
00:33

Use your knowledge of rules, and your visual memory for what looks right.

Revision
10 questions
+ Doubling Up Spelling Rules
6 lectures 39:29

The 1:1:1 doubling up spelling rule is about doubling up the end consonant with vowel suffixes in words like big - bigger, put - putting, begin- beginner

1:1:1 Doubling up rule video
10:25

Test your spelling and knowledge of this 1:1:1 rule.

1:1:1 spelling test video
04:07

Have you got a pen and paper ready?  Remember, don't worry about making mistakes because they're good and you can learn from them. But please check your spelling carefully letter by letter

Revision spelling test - drop the 'e' and 1:1:1 rules
05:54

Test your spelling knowledge of the 1:1:1 doubling up rule

Revision exercise
12 questions

This rule is applied mostly in British English and with certain words in American English - learn all the rules for both British and American English with the exceptions too.

Double 'l' rule video
05:35

Find out all about why we have single consonants (maple, idle) and double consonants (apple, middle) before "-le" and how this will not only improve your spelling but reading and pronunciation too. 

Spelling words ending in -le
09:35

Test your spelling and knowledge of these -le words and rules.

-le spelling test video
03:53
+ Words ending in -ck, -ic, -k, -ke
6 lectures 36:37

Pick, peek, bake, magic.  Why does English have four ways to spell the "k" sound? In this spelling rules lesson, we'll look at the reasons for the "ck", "k", "ke" and "ic" endings.

Words ending in ck, ke, k, ic video
09:09
-ck, -ke, -k, -ic spelling test
07:16

quack vs. quake, Mick vs. Mike - do you know how to say and spell these words? We'll revise the short and long vowel sounds seen the in previous lessons and how knowing these and the magic 'e' silent 'e' will help your reading and how to say these words, too.

-ck vs. -ke video
03:11

Spelling tests are a great way of testing your spelling. You have to think and write quickly, but you can make mistakes too and learn from them.

Keep coming back to this spelling test to continually test yourself and to get spelling into your long-term memory.

-ck vs. -ke spelling test video
03:21

Learn all about the rules and patterns for words ending in -ic

Words ending in -ic
08:12
-ic spelling test
05:28
+ Adding -es to words
4 lectures 20:03

This is one of the simplest rules to learn and by the end of the video you'll know why we add -es to words like wish -wishes, business - businesses, and quiz - quizzes (this has the 1:1:1 doubling up rule too)

Adding -es to words video
05:46

Adding -es spelling test.

Adding -es spelling test
02:58

Adding -s or -es to words ending in O is a tricky rule but there are some rules that make sense, and some topics and themes that can help.

Adding -es or -s to words ending in O
07:11

Spelling test for adding -es or -s to words ending in O.

Words ending in O spelling test
04:08

Use your knowledge of spelling rules, and your visual memory for what looks right.

Revision
10 questions
+ Revision & Consolidation
8 lectures 34:03

Revise how this important "little" letter can change the meaning and pronunciation of words.

Magic 'e' Silent 'e' revision video
04:45

Revise this useful rule with some key common words, and exceptions.

Drop the 'e' with -ing revision video
03:05

Do you have a pen and paper at the ready?  This test is for you, so don't worry about making mistakes, but please check your spelling carefully and see where you've made them and learn from them.

Drop the 'e' with -ing spelling test
04:42

Revise when and why we double up, and don't double up, the end consonant with vowel suffixes for longer words: begin - beginner, admit - admitting, occur - occurrence..

1:1:1 doubling up rule for longer words revision video
04:49

Revise how and why we double up the last consonant in 1 syllable words: shop - shopper, cat - catty, kid - kidding...

1:1:1 doubling up rule for short words revision video
04:58
Drop the 'e' and 1:1:1 doubling up spelling test
05:54

Revise how words ending in -ck and -ke affect the long and short vowel sounds and how knowing this can not only help your spelling but your reading too.

-ck vs. -ke revision video
03:02

Review which end letters we add -es to to make plurals and third person verbs: business - businesses, relax - relaxes, wish - wishes...

Adding -es revision video
02:48
+ Changing the end "y"
5 lectures 17:27

Country - countries, baby - babies, trolley - trolleys, toy -  toys. Learn all about why we change words ending in "y" to either "ies" or "s" for plurals and third person verbs.

y to -ies or -s video
05:39

Test your spelling of the y to -ies or -s spelling rule. Do you have a pen and paper at the ready? Write what you hear then when you hear pause the player, pause it, and check your spelling.

y to -ies or -s spelling test video
03:53

Learn all about changing the end 'y' to 'i' when adding suffixes, and the exceptions too: happy - happiness, apply - application, lazy - lazily...

'y' to 'i' rule video
04:39

This is the "y" to "i" spelling test. Do you have a pen and paper at the ready?

This is a great way to test your spelling, but please don't worry about mistakes a — if you make them then learn from them. OK?

Press the video and enjoy the test.

'y' to 'i' spelling test
02:47

A quick silent video on changing y to i with 'happy' + suffixes

The y to i happy family!
00:29

In this quiz, use your knowledge of spelling rules, and your visual memory for what looks right

Revision exercise
8 questions
+ Adding -ly to words
3 lectures 11:43

You're going to learn when, why, and how to add "-ly" to words to create great adverbs like slowly, truly, possibly, carefully, beautifully, uneasily, and lovely.

Adding -ly video
07:00

This is the adding -ly spelling test. Do you have a pen and paper at the ready?

This is a great way to test your spelling, but please don't worry about mistakes a — if you make them then learn from them. OK?

Press the video and enjoy the test.

Adding -ly spelling test video
04:21

A quick, silent, revision video on the very commonly misspelled word 'truly'

truely or truly?
00:22

In this quiz, use your knowledge of spelling rules, and your visual memory for what looks right.

Revision exercise
10 questions
+ -f/-fe to -ves or -s rule
2 lectures 09:59

Know how and why we change words ending in "f", "fe" or "ff" to "ves" or just add "s" in words like half - halves, life - lives, roof - roofs, thief - thieves, belief - beliefs, cliff - cliffs...

-f/-fe to -ves or -s video
05:19

This is the -f/-fe to -ves or -s spelling test. Do you have a pen and paper a the ready?

Spelling test for -f/-fe to -ves or -s rule
04:40

For this exercise, use your knowledge of these spelling plural rules, and your visual memory for what looks right.

Revision exercise
15 questions