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2019-01-30 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedEnglish spelling isn’t random — there are reasons why words are spelled the way they are.

PHOTO: suppliedEnglish spelling isn’t random — there are reasons why words are spelled the way they are.

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ENGLISH spelling has a reputation for being illogical and chaotic. What’s going on with yacht, and why the W in two? There are a thousand other “but why?” questions our children ask about English spelling.

“English is crazy/confusing/tricky,” we say. “There are some words you just have to learn by heart,” we advise young children. “It’s a special word.”

Those responses aren’t accurate or helpful to a child learning how to spell.

English spelling isn’t random. There is a system to English spelling, and there are reasons words are spelled the way they are.

HOW DO WORDS WORK?

Morphology (the meaning components of words), phonology (the sound components of words), orthography (the multiple ways the same sound may be written), and etymology (the origin of words) are the threads that work together to explain the spellings of words.

An effective spelling programme will teach all these threads together.

— Parent24.

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