Understanding Spelling by Olivia O'sullivanUnderstanding Spelling by Olivia O'sullivan

Understanding Spelling

byOlivia O'sullivan, Anne ThomasEditorOlivia O'sullivan

Paperback | June 18, 2007

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How do children learn to spell and what kinds of teaching support them most effectively?

Based on a three-year longitudinal study of children's spelling in different primary classrooms,Olivia O'Sullivan, Assistant Director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education andAnne Thomas,the former Inset Director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, pose a number of important questions:

  • what kinds of knowledge are involved in spelling?
  • what are the links between learning to read and learning to spell?
  • what kinds of systematic teaching and interventions make a difference to children's progress?

Packed with case studies, photographs and examples of children's work, this unique book sets out the most effective approaches to spelling and provides teachers with a broad set of principles on which to base their teaching. This is an invaluable resource for any teacher or trainee teacher wishing to raise standards in spelling in their classroom.


Olivia O'Sullivan is currently Assistant Director of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. She has many years experience working in literacy and of designing and delivering courses. Her work includes the following:Designed and delivered a series of courses for teachers for the BBC Media Centre and has developed courses on using...
Title:Understanding SpellingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 11.69 × 8.27 × 0.4 inPublished:June 18, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415419883

ISBN - 13:9780415419888

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Table of Contents

1. Learning and Teaching Spelling  2. Understanding Spelling  3. Learning to Spell: Stages of Development or Multiple Sources of Knowledge?  4. The Case Studies Part 1: Children Who Made Good Progress as Spellers  Part 2: Children in Key Stage 2 with Spelling Difficulties  5. The Effective Teaching of Spelling  6. Monitoring Spelling  7. General Conclusions and Recommendations


Editorial Reviews

'[This book] should be part of every school¿s library and a course book for every postgraduate course¿It is a splendid, sound and helpful book which has a thoughtful but practical approach.' - Dr Eve Bearne, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, UK 'An essential buy for many trainee teachers. For schools, [this book] would assist the literacy coordinator in advising staff to help others teach spelling more effectively.' - Teresa Grainger, Canterbury Christ Church University College, UK 'As such this book provides rich and complex understandings of spelling to help all those involved in children's language development deepen their practice to good purpose.' - NATE