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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 163 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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How Old Are They?

How Old Are They?

•, Spelling
Look at the pictures and think of how old these characters could be. Then write the age in the gaps (spell the numbers). Students can use their imagination to choose whatever age fits the characte ...
4 Elementary
Spelling and Homophones

Spelling and Homophones

•, Spelling,
In this worksheet students practise the alphabet by spelling words to each other. They work in pairs. While doing that they musn't look at their partner's worksheet. After finishing the task they ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Grade 3 Review Test

Grade 3 Review Test

Just a test I made for my class of 3rd graders. This reviews some grammar, spelling and science information from the Grade 2 Spectrum series of textbooks. Included is a fill-in-the blanks activity ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Matching Syllables - Autumn/Fall Vocabulary

Matching Syllables - Autumn/Fall Vocabulary

•Spelling,
This autumn theme worksheet asks students to match the syllables to make 12 autumn words then write the word on the line. The words are autumn, harvest, scarecrow, raincoat, haystack, cobweb, ...
4 Elementary
Alphabetical Order - Autumn/Fall Theme

Alphabetical Order - Autumn/Fall Theme

•, Spelling,
This autumn/fall worksheet was created for primary/elementary students and can be used as an extra resource when teaching students about autumn. It includes fifteen words that are associated with ...
3 Elementary
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First Steps of Writing in English

First Steps of Writing in English

This worksheet is used by our staff for teaching writing the first words in English for very young learners.. It is based on pronunciation in order to make it easier for kids to get used to differ ...
8 Complete Beginner
Learning to Spell

Learning to Spell

•, Spelling
I have made this worksheet for my students to practice the alphabet. You should call out different letters (not in a particular order) and if they need one of these letters for their words, they s ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
How Many Words Can You Write with These Letters?

How Many Words Can You Write with These Letters?

• » Spelling
How many words can you write with these letters? Using the words in 'Summer is my favourite season. What's yours?' students write new words. For example, if we take the 'i' in 'is' and the 't' in ...
3 All levels
Animal Spelling

Animal Spelling

•, Spelling
This worksheet is for beginners and/or grade 1 or 2 primary students, it uses real pictures of common animals to help students identify the correct noun with the right animal, and forces them to g ...
1 Complete Beginner
Simple Spelling Practice for Kids

Simple Spelling Practice for Kids

• » Spelling
[url=http://][/url]For low elementary/ primary learners. Learners practice writing cat, cup, bag and ant. The sheet starts with the whole word which you practice together, then fold the top over, ...
2 Complete Beginner
Know Our Trees

Know Our Trees

This worksheet includes information about some of the trees around the world. The pupils can rewrite the name of the trees to memorize the spelling and the accompanying pictures will help the pupi ...
4 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Toys Spelling

Toys Spelling

• » Spelling
This is for complete beginners. It improves kids spelling ability. The students spell the words in the spaces provided next to the pictures. It contains ten words related to kid's toy so that it i ...
1 Complete Beginner
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Practising and Learning Spelling with Pictures

Practising and Learning Spelling with Pictures

•Spelling,
Here are words with missing letters, children need to fill them by following the accompanying images. This worksheet helps children write and concentrate on the spelling by filling the blanks. Rew ...
2 Elementary
Learning Spelling with Pictures

Learning Spelling with Pictures

•, Spelling
The worksheet is about filling the missing letters with the help of the given picture. This helps a child to understand and think of the object the word refers to. It also helps in developing voca ...
2 Elementary
Reading Comprehension - I Think My Dad is Dracula

Reading Comprehension - I Think My Dad is Dracula

•, Spelling,
This reading comprehension is a funny poem about a child who thinks their Dad is Dracula! Students read through the poem and underline the correct spelling of the word in brackets. They must then ...
7 Elementary
Fuleco, the 2014 World Cup Mascot

Fuleco, the 2014 World Cup Mascot

• » Spelling
A very simple activity for kids to learn about Fuleco, the 2014 World Cup Mascot. Children will read a description of the mascot and they will have to fill in the blanks with the words provided. T ...
3 Elementary
Silent Letters in British English

Silent Letters in British English

• » Spelling
This is a worksheet to learn or revise English words containing silent letters. The key is on the second page and is meant for the teacher only. I used it with intermediate level students aged 15/ ...
7 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Variant Spellings of SH Sound in Noun Endings

Variant Spellings of SH Sound in Noun Endings

• » Spelling
This PPT focuses on variant spellings of the SH sound in noun endings. I use it both to teach spelling and to arise students' awareness on correct pronunciation. The first slide shows the endings ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Reading Comprehension - Betty Met A Yeti

Reading Comprehension - Betty Met A Yeti

•Spelling,
This is a funny poem about a a girl called Betty who meets a yeti in the mountains of Tibet. This English resource asks students to firstly underline the correct spelling of the word in brackets a ...
8 Elementary
Syllabication Rules

Syllabication Rules

• » Spelling
19 rules: explanation of how to separate words into syllables. Intermediate and advanced levels. Really helpful fo those who are teaching how to separate words in syllables in English. Including e ...
4 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Spelling Business Cards - Fairy Tale and TV Figures

Spelling Business Cards - Fairy Tale and TV Figures

Every student gets to have a business card (there are fairy tales characters, some pixar characters and some Big Bang theory characters for the older ones) and a student goes around the room askin ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
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 ...
4 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 ...
2 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 ...
4 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 ...
10 Elementary

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