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Greenhills Teacher Training is Accredited by The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council

Scientific Spelling II

Spelling does not have to be memorization. When all of the rules for English spelling are learned, it is 85% regular. These classes will teach you how to master English spelling and how to teach this knowledge to others.

Scientific Spelling II - One day workshop
8:30 a.m. -2:45 p.m. (bring a bag lunch)
$100.00 fee

  • The effect of accent on the pronunciation of common word endings, such as -ive, -ite
  • The effect of accent upon part of speech, such as, pro'duce and pro duce'
  • Special -ove words
  • Latin connectives
  • Alternate spellings of the long vowel sounds
  • The special sounds of vowel R consonant, as different from the sounds of vowel RR vowel, and vowel R vowel.
  • The diphthong spellings determined by the placement of the diphthong in a word.
  • Prefix spelling changes due to euphony
  • Special open syllable sounds of vowels in middle syllables of multi-syllabic words.

Some post-testing is done of knowledge gained in Scientific Spelling I.

The word endings, such as -ive, -ite can be pronounced with a Short or long I sound depending upon the accent placement.

Accent placement determines whether many words are nouns or verbs. This knowledge is very helpful to students.

While one can count on most vowel consonant e words to have a long vowel sound, some words with the ove are irregular.

Latin Connectives are very important when words of several syllables contain the /sh/ or the /choo/ sounds. There are rules for these spellings which middle school students need to know.

It is very useful to know the frequency of spellings for each of the five long vowel spellings, since there are many vowel combinations that make these sounds. "Silly Sentences" and other mnemonic devices help one master these choices.

When the consonant R follows any vowel, there are sound changes in the vowel's pronunciation. There are "special sounds" when the vowel R is at the end of a word or is followed by a consonant. There are the sounds /air/, /ear/, and /yoor/ when vowel RR vowel and when vowel, vowel R occur in a word. This knowledge is essential for students to accurately recognize and read words containing these patterns.

Diphthong vowel combinations have very specific rules for placement at the beginning, middle, or end of syllables and words. The placement in a word and a few special final letters which cause some exceptions are taught.

Chameleon prefixes due to euphony are very useful to understand when spelling and pronouncing many words with doubled consonants following the first vowel.

Open middle syllables do not always have the long vowel sound. This knowledge is crucial for reading multi-syllabic words. Each vowel has a specific different sound in the middle syllables of these words.

If you wish this workshop to be scheduled, call 336.924.4908 or e-mail

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With Teachers and students at a Teacher Training Workshop


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