ERIC Number: ED401380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Successful Spelling Strategies for Adult Learners. Michigan Adult Education Practitioner Inquiry Project 1994.
Gordon, Alice I.
A study explored new approaches to teaching spelling to adult learners. The first step was to examine the research on teaching spelling to identify the spelling problems and strategies that were most successful when teaching poor spellers. These strategies were identified: use of spelling lists; correction of own tests; systematic teaching; careful diagnosis; guided practice; spelling strategies most adaptable to the personal learning style; word study; frequent writing; and phonetic realization. The second step was to apply two new approaches to spelling. A spelling/vocabulary class would be divided into three groups based on a series of assessments. The average group that read/spelled at an eighth-grade level would use the systematic approach. Advanced spellers above eighth-grade level would read materials at their appropriate reading level and respond in writing to questions. Their writing would be analyzed on an individual basis for common spelling errors and appropriate methods would be used to correct it. The third group that scored below eighth grade would use a spelling crutch and a systematic phonetic instruction. Although the study was not conducted, several conclusions were drawn: student spelling problems should be carefully analyzed; materials should coordinate with student learning styles and needs; instant feedback would encourage success; and teaching spelling patterns and providing phonetic analysis using an integrated approach where reading and writing are included would help make an effective spelling program. Contains 17 references. (YLB)
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