Thursday, 5 February 2015

ALEA Tas South: Improving spelling through a focus on meaning


Contact: Jennie Amos, ALEA Tas South
e: jennie.amos@education.tas.gov.au
w: www.alea.edu.au/events/category/tasmania

Date: Monday 16 February     RSVP by 12 February
Location: Hobart

Intended Audience: Teachers

Improving spelling through a focus on meaning presented by Misty Adoniou
   Monday 16 February 2015, 3.30-5.30pm at Tattersall's Park Function Centre

There are two myths about spelling that prevail in the wider community. Firstly, spelling is an innate skill – you are either good at it, or you are not - and secondly, that spelling is either an aural or visual skill. The first myth means we spend more time testing spelling than teaching it. The second myth results in teaching strategies which are predominantly focused on sounding out or learning words 'off by heart'. In truth, the key to spelling is meaning. A word's spelling provides clues to its meaning and its origin, and conversely, a word's meaning will give us clues to its spelling.

In this workshop we will look at the ways words make their meaning and understand the ways in which etymology (word origins), morphology (meaning components), phonology (sounds) and orthography (spelling conventions) provide strong, multiple pathways into learning words and how to spell them.

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