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Improving Spelling with Elementary Learners

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Hello all. It is almost the Lunar New Year, so a huge congratulations to those readers from China and the Far East who will be commencing their celebrations soon. Today, we are looking at how to improve spelling with elementary or low-level learners, particularly if they are from an Arabic background.

It is notoriously difficult to improve or develop an Arabic learners. There are some important things you could consider incorporating in class such as unscrabbling letters to make the words, removing the vowels from words and students have to write them in words and, one of my favourite activities, using Scrabble tiles in class. Watch the video below to see how I use them in class by getting learners to review spelling and vocabulary.

As ever, if there is a video or something that you would like me answer please let me know I shall consider this. Hope this post helps and gives you some ideas on developing spelling with elementary learners.

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Author: Martin Sketchley

I have been an English language teacher for over 10 years both abroad and now currently in the UK. I am highly interested in teaching to young learners, professional development and curriculum development.

2 thoughts on “Improving Spelling with Elementary Learners

  1. Hi Martin,
    You’re readers/watchers might also be interested in these posts on my blog, two of which were written by Emina Tuzovic, who is currently doing research into how to help Arabic learners with their spelling, reading and writing: https://sandymillin.wordpress.com/tag/arabic/
    Thanks,
    Sandy

    • Thank you Sandy (and Martin) for this. I teach Arabic learners and experience the same issues on a daily basis with spelling, reading and writing skills, so any tips from other teachers is most welcome.

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