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ERIC Number: EJ829527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1481-868X
The Development of Spelling and Orthographic Knowledge in English as an L2: A Longitudinal Case Study
Nassaji, Hossein
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, v10 n1 p77-98 2007
This longitudinal case study investigated the development of spelling and orthographic knowledge in a child ESL learner from Grade 1 through Grade 4. Misspelling data from the learner's free writings were examined for overall patterns of spelling development and the word-specific changes in the spelling of individual words. The aim was to track the developmental changes taking place in his spelling behaviour and also examine whether any stage-like pattern of development could be identified in his spelling performance. Analysis of data showed that although the child's overall developmental path was progressive in that he produced increasingly more complex orthographic spellings over time, there was a high degree of variability in the learner's misspelling behaviour. Thus, overall, the spelling performance of this ESL learner can be best explained by a spelling model that views the path of spelling development as strategic, overlapping and wave-like rather than truly stage-like. (Contains 1 figure and 5 tables.)
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / Association canadienne de linguistique appliquee. Departement de langues, linguistique et traduction, Pavillon de Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A