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Spelling It Out

Spelling It Out
How Words Work and How to Teach Them – Revised edition

2nd Edition

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  • Publication planned for: March 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009112871

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  • Spelling can be a source of anxiety for school children and working professionals alike. Yet the spelling of words in English is not as random or chaotic as it is often perceived to be; rather, it is a system based on both meaning and a fascinating linguistic history. Misty Adoniou's public articles on the processes of teaching and learning spelling have garnered an overwhelming response from concerned parents and teachers looking for effective solutions to the problems they face in teaching English spelling to children. Spelling It Out, Revised edition aims to ease anxiety and crush the myth that good spelling comes naturally. Good spelling comes from good teaching. Based on Misty Adoniou's extensive research into spelling learning and instruction, this book encourages children and adults to nurture a curiosity about words, discover their history and, in so doing, understand the logic behind the way they are spelled.

    • Clear and engaging introduction to spelling in the English language
    • Suitable for teachers and parents of children at all stages of their spelling journey
    • Encourages both children and adults to nurture a curiosity about words
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: March 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009112871
    • length: 175 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. Redefining spelling
    2. How do words work? Unravelling the threads
    3. How do we learn to spell?
    4. Planning a spelling program
    5. Assessing spelling
    Appendix 1. Some stories about words
    Appendix 2. Common English morphemes
    Appendix 3. Ways into words
    Appendix 4. Spelling scope and sequence.

  • Author

    Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra
    Misty Adoniou is an Associate Professor in Language and Literacy. She began her career in education as a primary school teacher, teaching in Australia and in Greece before moving into higher education, teaching undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education courses in language and literacy at the University of Canberra in Australia. She was lead writer for the national English as an Additional Language Teachers Resource for the Australian Curriculum, and has served on several national advisory boards including the Equity and Diversity Advisory Group (advising the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority) and the Orientation Consultative Committee (advising government on the settlement needs of refugees). She has served as president of two national teachers' associations – TESOL Greece and the Australian Council of TESOL Associations – and on the Board of Directors of TESOL International. She is the author of many academic and popular articles on the teaching of writing and spelling.

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