chapter  4
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Teaching approaches

WithPeter Westwood

A. Redfern has suggested some basic principles to guide any approach to spelling instruction in the classroom. They include: building in children positive attitudes toward spelling; promoting their on-going interest in words and language; and teaching strategies for learning to spell and check words. The teacher has an essential role to play in raising children’s interest in words and in influencing their attitude toward spelling. Studying words is an essential component of any effective classroom approach to spelling. To do justice to programmes specifically designed to increase spelling skills, adequate time must be made available in the school day. Effective instruction in spelling involves not only teaching knowledge about words, but also teaching specific strategies to enable students to approach the task of spelling an unfamiliar word, or checking the spelling of a word, with a systematic plan of action. The ‘strategy training plus whole language’ group produced the superior.