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What Is Spelling?
Spelling is the writing of one or more words with letters and diacritics. In addition, the term often, but not always, means an accepted standard spelling or the process of naming the letters. In the sense of a standard, spelling is one of the elements of orthography and a prescriptive element of alphabetic languages. Spellings attempt to transcribe the sounds of the language into alphabetic letters, but phonetic spellings are exceptions in many languages due to several reasons. Pronunciation changes over time in all languages, and spelling reforms are irregular in most languages and rare in some. In addition, words from other languages may be adopted without being adapted to the spelling system, non-standard spellings are often adopted after extensive common usage, and different meanings of a word or homophones may be deliberately spelled in different ways to differentiate them visually.
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Spelling is a very important part of ESL so there are 139 spelling worksheets posted here for you to use if your students need more spelling practice. There are also a number of PowerPoint presentations to help introduce, teach, and practice spelling. This is one such presentation and goes along with this spelling worksheet. You can use these two files in classes of pre-intermediate and intermediate learners to help them focus on spelling –ed words. If that is not quite what you are looking for, consider another free, printable worksheet to assist your students with spelling the words they are struggling with.
While the majority of ESL lessons should focus on oral communication, writing and spelling are also important aspects of language learning. Students may have great speaking skills but if business students send clients emails riddled with spelling errors, they are going to appear either careless or uneducated, both of which paint them in a negative light. Practice spelling with your students as part of vocabulary lessons. When introducing new vocabulary, be sure to teach not just its pronunciation and meaning but also spelling. Students will be able to practice spelling when completing writing exercises so tell students to pay special attention to it and assign a certain number of points to spelling when doing your grading.

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Long Vowel Maze (Soccer Vowel Maze)

Long Vowel Maze (Soccer Vowel Maze)

•Spelling,
The object of the game is to get the soccer ball through all of the boxes and into the net at the end by finding a path of long vowels. The maze is started for students so that they don't get conf ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
English Vowel Sounds Chart

English Vowel Sounds Chart

•Spelling,
This is a blank chart for students to fill in with example words for each vowel sound. I find it useful for regular review of vowel sounds with my students of all different levels -- we often put ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Missing Vowels: Minimal Pairs with

Missing Vowels: Minimal Pairs with "I" and "Ee" Sounds

•Spelling,
This worksheet is for practicing "ee" and short "i" sound minimal pairs. I made it for a Spanish-speaking ESL student who has difficulty distinguishing between vowel sounds -- particularly "ee" a ...
1 All levels
Comprehension - I Raised My Hand in Class

Comprehension - I Raised My Hand in Class

•Spelling,
This English resource is a great activity for helping students with their spelling. Students are asked to firstly underline the correct spelling of the word in brackets and then answer the study q ...
5 Elementary
Vocabulary Related to Food

Vocabulary Related to Food

•, Spelling
This is a worksheet about vocabulary related to food. It is for beginners; in this worksheet they can practice spelling. By filling the gaps with the missing letters.The activity is really easy an ...
3 Complete Beginner
Poetry: A Sheep is Asleep on My Sofa

Poetry: A Sheep is Asleep on My Sofa

•Spelling,
The poem is titled: A Sheep is Asleep On My Sofa. This exercise is a helpful activity for practicing spelling and also rhyming. Students underline the correct spelling in brackets and then answer ...
6 Elementary
School Subjects

School Subjects

•, Spelling
Unscramble the words. This worksheet is a fund activity for kids to practise spelling. Look at the pictures and unscramble the subjects math, english, geography, computer, art, music, science, che ...
3 Complete Beginner
Advanced Peer Editing Worksheet

Advanced Peer Editing Worksheet

A thorough and comprehensive peer-editing or self-editing worksheet for essays that covers organization, quality introduction, conclusions, developed body paragraphs as well as grammar issues such ...
4 Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Peer Editing Sheet for Beginners

Peer Editing Sheet for Beginners

This sheet can be used for peer-editing or self-editing an essay. It's designed for beginners so it covers indenting at the beginning of a paragraph, capital letters and periods for sentences, spe ...
5 Elementary
Valentine's Day Resource - Spelling Words

Valentine's Day Resource - Spelling Words

These spelling words are associated with Valentine's Day. This page can be printed onto card or laminated for children to keep. Students can practice learning these words by writing them on the ri ...
4 Elementary
The Bridge to Terabithia - Spelling Check

The Bridge to Terabithia - Spelling Check

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This worksheet is a brief summary of the book, "The Bridge to Terabithia". Students must find the spelling mistakes and make the necessary corrections. An answer sheet is included so students ca ...
2 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
American Literature Titles: Spelling Check

American Literature Titles: Spelling Check

• » Spelling
This worksheet uses titles of American Literature for spelling practice. Students must find a spelling mistake in each title. The answer sheet is included. This worksheet is appropriate for inter ...
3 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Compound Words - Spring Theme

Compound Words - Spring Theme

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A compound word is made up of two words that come together to make one new word. The words included on this worksheet are all associated with spring. Students are asked to draw a line from each wo ...
6 Elementary
Musical Instruments (Word Tracer)

Musical Instruments (Word Tracer)

•, Spelling
A pre-writer tracer page for Musical Instruments. Worksheet features 4 words to trace violin, drum, trumpet and flute. This worksheet was designed with the idea of introducing students to instrume ...
2 Complete Beginner
Reading Rules- Letter U

Reading Rules- Letter U

•Spelling,
It is a set of exercises practicing reading rules of the letter "Uu". At first the brief explanation of reading rules of the letter "Uu" is given. Then six exercises are provided. The students are ...
8 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Vowel Picture Match Game - Short U & O Sounds

Vowel Picture Match Game - Short U & O Sounds

•Spelling,
This is a set of picture cards of words using the short u and o vowel sounds. You can use these picture cards in various ways to give students practice matching pictures/words with their short vo ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Reading Rules

Reading Rules "AA"

•Spelling,
It is a set of exercises practicing reading rules of the letter "Aa". At first the brief explanation of reading rules of the letter "Aa" is given. Then six exercises are provided. The students are ...
10 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Halloween Vocabulary (Monsters)

Halloween Vocabulary (Monsters)

•, Spelling
This PDF file can be used to recycle Halloween vocabulary. It has the names of different ghouls and our kids found it really funny. Afterwards, you could create a simple wordsearch for them, using ...
4 Complete Beginner Elementary
Sea Animals-Missing Vowels

Sea Animals-Missing Vowels

•, Spelling
This worksheet contains 12 colorful animals that live in the sea. Students must look at the picture, say the animal, and figure out what vowel is missing. Then they can work on the motor skills ev ...
7 Complete Beginner Elementary
Halloween Worksheet: Jack-o-lantern - How Many Words?

Halloween Worksheet: Jack-o-lantern - How Many Words?

•, Spelling
This worksheet can be used as an extra resource when teaching the topic 'Halloween'. Students must try and make as many words as they can using the word jack-o-lantern. They can only use each lett ...
7 Elementary
Capital Letters in Formal Writing

Capital Letters in Formal Writing

Help your students to identify where to use capital letters in writing formal correspondence. This worksheet includes a reminder of the main rules about capital letters, followed by a rewriting ex ...
7 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Mid-term Test

Mid-term Test

This worksheet is a mid-term test for beginners. There are two parts:a language part and a spelling part. In the former they can practise vocabulary with a blank filling activity or grammar with m ...
4 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Word Families - 'Ine', 'Ing', and 'Ink'

Word Families - 'Ine', 'Ing', and 'Ink'

• » Spelling
Word families are groups of words that have a common pattern, e.g. mat, hat, cat, fat - All of these words end in 'at'. This resource focuses on words ending in ine, ing, and ink. Students must re ...
8 Elementary
Word Families - 'Ile', 'Ill', and 'In'

Word Families - 'Ile', 'Ill', and 'In'

• » Spelling
Word families are groups of words that have a common pattern, e.g. mat, hat, cat, fat - All of these words end in 'at'. This resource focuses on words ending in ile, ill, and in. Students must rea ...
6 Elementary
Word Families - 'Ice', 'Ick', and 'Ide'

Word Families - 'Ice', 'Ick', and 'Ide'

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Word families are groups of words that have a common pattern, e.g. mat, hat, cat, fat - All of these words end in 'at'. This resource focuses on words ending in ice, ick, and ide. Students must re ...
6 Elementary

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