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
4.2 (163 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
897 students enrolled
Created by Joanne Rudling
Last updated 4/2019
Current price: $16.99 Original price: $24.99 Discount: 32% off
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 20 downloadable resources
  • 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
  • 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.

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.


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 46 lectures 04:23:30
+ Start Here
4 lectures 21:36

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.

Preview 05:01

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. 

Preview 11:28

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.

Self-assessment video
+ Magic 'e' Silent 'e' Spelling Rule
2 lectures 16:40

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

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

Magic 'e' Silent 'e' revision video
+ Drop the 'e' Spelling Rule
3 lectures 18:36

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.

Drop the 'e' video

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

Drop the 'e' with -ing revision video

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
+ Doubling Up Spelling Rules
4 lectures 26:03

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

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

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

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
+ Letter Pattern Rules
7 lectures 58:47

In this first lesson on the "shun" endings, you'll learn the rules and letter patterns for the most  common ending "tion", and how to differentiate it from the other "shun" patterns (-sion, -cian, -tian).

-tion rules & patterns video

In this second lesson on the "shun" endings, you'll learn the rules, patterns and meanings of -sion, -cian, -tian, and a couple of rare endings too (-cion, -xion). 

-sion, -cian, -tian rules & patterns video

In this first lesson on the 'ie' and 'ei' patterns, you'll learn about the long "e" sound and patterns, and the memory trick sayings to help you remember them.

'ie' or 'ei' letter patterns lesson 1 video

In this second lesson on the -ie- & -ei- pattern, you'll learn the other 7 sounds, patterns, rules and memory tricks to remember words such as eight, leisure, ancient, weigh, height...

-ie- or -ei- letter patterns lesson 2 video

Learn the rules, patterns and exceptions for these common endings.

-cial & -tial video

Silent letters can cause all sorts of problems spelling a word and looking for the word in a dictionary or spell checking it. In this lesson, you'll learn some silent letter rules, and patterns, in  words such as write, knock, calm, column, listen and walk.

Silent Letter Rules & Patterns video

Using memory tricks to help with the tricky -ant/-ent letter patterns is a valuable spelling strategy to help you remember which to use. We'll also look at some rules when adding -ence and -ance too.

+ Adding "es" to nouns and verbs
2 lectures 08:34

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 nouns and verbs video

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
+ Changing the end "y"
3 lectures 10:47

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

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

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

The y to i happy family!
+ Adding "-ly" to word
2 lectures 12:19

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

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

truely or truly?
+ Spelling words ending in "-le"
1 lecture 12:02

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"
+ Spelling Rules for words ending in "-ck", "-ic", "-k","-ke"
2 lectures 12:11

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

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