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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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Alphabet's Missing Letters

Alphabet's Missing Letters

Rania Foka
•, Spelling
This worksheet was designed having in mind young learners at an early stage. The teacher can isolate the pictures and start teaching six to seven words per teaching hour. Once all the words have b ...
2 Complete Beginner
Colors

Colors

Shaghayegh
•, Spelling,
Here is a worksheet for a dictation about colors. It is useful for students who've just learnt how to write colors. There are some missing letters to complete the words. This worksheet can be done ...
2 Elementary
Comprehension - The Weather Is Perfect for Running

Comprehension - The Weather Is Perfect for Running

•Spelling,
This poem is called 'The Weather is Perfect for Running'. Students are asked to read through the poem and underline the correct spelling of the word in brackets to complete the rhyme. They must th ...
7 Elementary
-It Family

-It Family

• » Spelling
This worksheet is meant to practice -it endings in words, therefore, it is aimed at complete beginner students who are in their early stages of literacy. It consists of two questions in which stud ...
3 Complete Beginner
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

A Frozen themed powerpoint with spelling rules for forming comparative and superlative adjectives in English. It contains examples, the spelling rules and exceptions, and some irregular adjectives ...
2 Elementary
CCVC/CVCC words

CCVC/CVCC words

•Spelling,
It's a very simple way to get the students to practice reading CCVC/CVCC words in a fun competitive way. Pair up the students and the must read one word in turn. One student will be the top colour ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Movie Worksheet: Why Brits and Americans Spell Differently - Anglophenia Ep 14

Movie Worksheet: Why Brits and Americans Spell Differently - Anglophenia Ep 14

This is a worksheet based on the spelling differences of some words in A.E and Br.E. Watch the video explaining briefly how these differences occurred and do the exercises. Vocabulary and key incl ...
5 Upper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Places Worksheet

Places Worksheet

This worksheet contains an activity in which the language learners are asked to unscramble the letters to make words. It includes words such as police station, bookstore, bus station, hospital, et ...
2 Elementary
Present Continuous

Present Continuous

•, Spelling
This power-point presentation is appropriate for elementary students. This file can be used to review present continuous (positive and negative forms). It contains three parts, first is gap fillin ...
6 Elementary
Pronunciation Training

Pronunciation Training

•Spelling,
Here is a list of some short and simple words with transcriptions to check the knowledge of English pronunciation rules. Ask your students to match the word and the transcription. You can use this ...
7 Complete BeginnerElementary
Hard and Soft G

Hard and Soft G

•Spelling,
The letter g can make spelling tricky. When g meets a, o, or u, its sound is hard e.g. gap. When g meets e, i, or y, its sound is soft e.g. gym. Write words beginning with a hard 'g' sound under t ...
4 Elementary
Hard and Soft C

Hard and Soft C

•Spelling,
When c meets a, o, or u, its sound is hard e.g. cap. When c meets e, i, or y, its sound is soft e.g. city. Students are asked to write words beginning with a hard 'c' sound under the carrot, and w ...
4 Elementary
Snowman School Supplies Game

Snowman School Supplies Game

• » Spelling
I found this fantastic game on BusyTeacher - so thank you to the original author. However, I have adjusted the game, and removed the "Hangman" aspect as this is quite an issue in some schools. I h ...
5 Elementary
Team Spelling Game

Team Spelling Game

• » Spelling
This activity will surely shake your students up, even the quietest one of them! Well, they are not going to speak a lot, but they will work really hard on their listening. It is a fun test where ...
4 All levels
Seasons Practice

Seasons Practice

This is a worksheet for young learners who are practicing writing and who have learned the seasons. The students need to write the names of the seasons under the pictures and write which season co ...
6 Complete Beginner
Game: Stop

Game: Stop

This game is appropriate for all levels, but absolute beginners. There are some items; name, fruit, animal, etc. The teacher says a letter, like "M", then all students would try to write words tha ...
5 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
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 ...
6 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 ...
4 ElementaryPre-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 ...
5 ElementaryPre-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, ...
5 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
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 ...
9 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 BeginnerElementary
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

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About Spelling Worksheets
Spelling is a very important part of ESL so there are 179 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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