ERIC Number: ED371334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Mechanics of English Spelling.
Noting that any word in the English language may be defined as having a "base" sound that conveys meaning, this booklet argues that the literacy problem may be solved through systematic instruction in the mechanics of English spelling. The booklet discusses the two distinct types of bases in the English language--common (one syllable) and power (polysyllabic). The booklet notes that, while students learn the spelling patterns of common bases up to grade three, they do not learn the patterns of the power bases that make up the bulk of the words they read in grades four and above. The booklet then discusses the role of vowels and consonants in the mechanics of English spelling. The booklet also presents observations about the relationship of the spellings of consonant sounds to reading and teaching, and offers a rationale for the basic superiority of the current English system of spelling when compared to any proposed phonetic spelling system. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: AVKO Educational Research Foundation, Clio, MI.