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ERIC Number: ED059195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct-15
Pages: 8
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Reds, Greens, Yellows Ease the Spelling Blues.
Irwin, Virginia
Missouri English Bulletin, v28 n4 p1-8 October 1971
This document reports on a color-coding innovation designed to improve the spelling ability of high school seniors. This color-coded system is based on two assumptions: that color will appeal to the students and that there are three principal reasons for misspelling. Two groups were chosen for the experiments. A basic list of spelling demons was drawn up to examine whether particular rules were responsible for words on the list. A total of 116 words was color-coded. Three colors - red, green, and yellow - were used as meaningful for car-conscious high school students. Transparancies were made with five words on each transparency. Three days a week, a new transparency of five words was projected and an explanation of the five given. Two days a week previous transparencies were used to keep a steady review in progress. Unannounced periodic tests were administered. Statistics clearly show that the color-coded method was superior to the traditional spelling-list announced-test techniques. It is concluded that the use of visual presentations, especially those connected with technology, is meaningful to present-day high school students. It is recommended that teachers of language become more sensitive to the visual stress in popular culture. (CK)
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