Spelling Rules: to improve spelling & confidence

A step-by-step how to spell guide for British & American English
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 10/2016 English

Course Description

This Spelling Rules course is for both British and American English users who who feel embarrassed by their spelling, who've 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 their work, training, and to improve their job prospects, or maybe help their 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 like the simplest rule: adding -es to nouns and verbs, we'll look at rules such as drop the 'e'; silent 'e'; and the 1:1:1 doubling up rule - these all help your reading too. We'll start off with looking at the Key Terms and Vocabulary of Spelling, which is a look at some very useful words that we need to be able to understand these rules. 

It's mainly a video based course with some worksheet attachments in the resources for you too.

What are the requirements?

  • be able to read and write

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand key spelling rules
  • be confident in spelling and writing
  • understand why spelling is the way it is
  • build words with prefixes and suffixes
  • notice letter patterns
  • improve reading and vocabulary too

Who is the target audience?

  • this course is meant for American and British adult native speakers
  • a good level of English for non-native speakers
  • not for beginner ESL students

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Start Here

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

Section 2: 1. Key Terms and Vocabulary for Spellings

Verbs, nouns, suffixes, vowels are very useful words to know when you learn spelling rules. You might know the words but not know what they mean so enjoy this lesson and learn lots. 

Section 3: 2. Magic 'e' Silent 'e' Spelling Rule

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.

Section 4: 3. Drop the 'e' Spelling Rule

This rule is all about dropping the 'e' when adding suffixes like "ing" and "y" and "ly" 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.

Section 5: 4. 1:1:1 Doubling Up Spelling Rule

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

Section 6: 5. Adding "es" to nouns and verbs

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)

Section 7: 6. "y" to "ies" or "s" Spelling Rule

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

Section 8: 7. Adding "-ly" to word

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.

Section 9: 8. Spelling words ending in "-le"

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. 

Section 10: 9. Spelling Rules for words ending in "-ck", "-ic", "-k","-ke"

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.

Section 11: 10. Making Plurals for Words Ending in "-f", "ff", "fe"

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...

Section 12: 11. Building Words With Prefixes

Understanding how words are built with prefixes can dramatically improve confidence with spelling. Learn about prefix rules and how they can change the word to the opposite meaning, make it negative, or add more information to a word. 

Section 13: 12. Building Words With Suffixes

Knowing how words and grammar are changed with suffixes will improve your spelling and your spelling knowledge. In this lesson you'll revise some spelling rules too. 

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Instructor Biography

Joanne Rudling has over 20 years' experience teaching spelling and all aspects of literacy, English and writing. Owner of a spelling website for adults (howtospell)  where she develops online courses, and writes books.

She's worked in various organisations in the UK including City of Westminster College, Bournemouth & Poole College, and Bournemouth Film School.

Developed and taught on literacy projects for the Pre-Volunteer Programme for the Olympics and the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind.)

Delivered seminars, training courses and CPD (Continued Profession Development) sessions for teachers and lecturers on literacy and spelling.

Also, currently working on amazon.com dramas editing their American closed captions/ subtitles to British spellings.

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