ERIC Number: ED033111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Cues for a New Spelling Curriculum.
Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.
A recent study was conducted at Stanford University to determine the degree of correspondence between phonemes and graphemes in English. In past attempts to achieve universal literacy, language reformers have proposed a revised alphabet of one grapheme for each phoneme, a change which anti-reformers have insisted would be costly. Modern linguists, on the other hand, have suggested that the key to spelling consists in understanding the system that determines the orthographic sound-symbol relationship. The computer in the Stanford study classified and sorted 17,310 commonly used words according to a set of rules devised by the researchers for defining the American English language. The results indicated that over 49% of the words could be spelled correctly using phonological clues and that another 36% could be spelled with only one error. Utilizing the findings of the Stanford study, educators can develop a new sequential, structured spelling curriculum that will help students understand the basic relationship between sounds and orthographic symbols in English. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort.