248 FREE Spelling Worksheets

FREE Spelling Worksheets

Spelling is a very important part of ESL so there are 248 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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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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Creative writing – Helping others

Creative writing – Helping others

  This short and easy creative writing exercise gives students a topic to start writing about. Students write a paragraph to explain how they or someone they know helps others. 
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How Many Words? Coronavirus Worksheet

How Many Words? Coronavirus Worksheet

This worksheet is an excellent resource to get your child thinking, improve their writing skills and build their vocabulary. Students write as many words as they can using the word 'coronavirus'. ...
2 Views 17,725 Elem
What is a Noun?

What is a Noun?

There are 16 nouns included in this English worksheet. A noun is a word that names a specific thing or set of things. Nouns can name living creatures, objects, places, actions, qualities, or idea ...
1 Views 8,320 Elem
Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs, or helping verbs, add meaning to the main verb of the sentence. This literacy was created with young learners in mind and asks students to complete sentences by adding auxiliary ...
1 Views 9,513 Elem
Verb Prefixes - de and re

Verb Prefixes - de and re

A prefix is a group of letters added before a word to alter its meaning. The prefix 'de' is used to reverse the verb's actions. It can also mean 'down' such as in the words decrease or decline. T ...
1 Views 6,235 Elem
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Verb Prefixes - dis and mis

Verb Prefixes - dis and mis

A prefix is a group of letters added before a word to alter its meaning. The prefix 'dis' is generally used to make a word negative. The prefix 'mis' means badly, wrongly or incorrectly. This Eng ...
1 Views 6,290 Elem
Research Activity: The Sumatran Tiger

Research Activity: The Sumatran Tiger

This research activity was created by primaryleap.co.uk and asks students to use resources like the internet, library books, or magazines to help them answer the questions about the Sumatran tige ...
1 Views 4,176 ElemPre-Int
Word Search Activity - Coronavirus

Word Search Activity - Coronavirus

This simple word search can be used to support teaching students about coronavirus. There are 18 words hidden in the puzzle for students to find. This is a fun activity that can easily be enjoyed ...
1 Views 6,430 ElemPre-Int
Commonly Misspelled Words 2

Commonly Misspelled Words 2

There are lots of tricky words to learn in the English language! This resource includes 12 words that are commonly misspelled. Students put the list of words in alphabetical order and then choose ...
2 Views 9,431 ElemPre-Int
Commonly Misspelled Words 1

Commonly Misspelled Words 1

This English resource will help improve a child's spelling of commonly misspelled words. There are 12 spellings for students to learn. Students put the spellings in alphabetical order and then ch ...
2 Views 8,153 ElemPre-Int
Candles - How Many Words?

Candles - How Many Words?

How many words worksheets can be used in many ways. You can use it as a competition, as a timed challenge or just for fun! Students can complete the task on their own or in groups or in pairs. How ...
1 Views 14,219 Elem
Phonics - 'ss' and 'rr' words

Phonics - 'ss' and 'rr' words

This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and focuses on 'ss' and 'rr' words. Students are asked to complete the sentences by choosing the correct words from the word bank. ...
1 Views 8,857 Elem
Spellings - e_e words

Spellings - e_e words

This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and focuses on e_e words. Students are asked to complete the sentences by choosing the correct e_e word from the word bank. Some o ...
1 Views 9,831 Elem
Dictionary Skills - Word Unscramble (2)

Dictionary Skills - Word Unscramble (2)

This English resource practices dictionary skills and was created for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to unscramble the words, they may use a dictionary to check their spellings. K ...
1 Views 19,245 Elem
Common Exception Words 2

Common Exception Words 2

Common exception words are 'tricky words' to read. Some exception words are used very frequently, which is why children should start reading and writing them at an early age. This English resource ...
1 Views 8,151 Elem
Homophones Game - Cards with Pairs

Homophones Game - Cards with Pairs

Ruth Pardiñas
•Spelling,
This worksheet contains 28 pairs of homophones, and it can be used to focus on the pronunciation of some everyday vocabulary. All the words may be cut out and then put back together in pairs using ...
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Dictionary Skills - Word Unscramble (1)

Dictionary Skills - Word Unscramble (1)

This English resource practices dictionary skills and was created for primary/elementary students. Students are asked to unscramble the words, they may use a dictionary to check their spellings. K ...
1 Views 12,408 Elem
Common Sight Words - Complete the Sentence (3)

Common Sight Words - Complete the Sentence (3)

Common sight words are words that need to be recognised on sight. This 'Complete the Sentence' activity will help young students read these difficult words and also write them too. There are ten w ...
1 Views 9,411 Elem
Researching Animals - Giraffe

Researching Animals - Giraffe

This science worksheet was created for primary aged children and asks students to write a short report about giraffes. They must include the answers to the questions in their report. This will hel ...
1 Views 8,616 Elem
Phonics - 'ur' and 'er' Words

Phonics - 'ur' and 'er' Words

This worksheet was created for primary/elementary school students and focuses on 'ur' and 'er' words. Students are asked to complete the sentences by choosing the correct words from the word bank. ...
2 Views 9,541 Elem
Homophone Pairs Game

Homophone Pairs Game

•Spelling, ,
This worksheet contains 28 pairs of homophones. It can be used to focus on the pronunciation of some everyday vocabulary. All the words may be cut out and then put back together in pairs using dif ...
7 Views 36,273 All
Suffix - 'tion' words

Suffix - 'tion' words

This worksheet was created for primary/elementary students. A suffix is a phonetic unit that is placed after a root word. This English resource focuses on the suffix -tion. Students complete the s ...
3 Views 20,556 Elem
Penguins - How Many Words?

Penguins - How Many Words?

How many words worksheets can be used in many ways. You can use it as a competition, as a timed challenge or just for fun! Students can complete the task on their own or in groups or in pairs. How ...
3 Views 12,535 Elem
Spelling List - Flowers

Spelling List - Flowers

Spelling is important because it aids in both reading and writing. This spelling worksheet includes the names of 12 flowers. Students learn the spellings and firstly put them in alphabetical order ...
4 Views 11,385 Elem
Spelling Numbers 1-10

Spelling Numbers 1-10

This is a spelling worksheet for young learners (I used it with kids of about 7-9 years old). It consists of the following pages: first four pages are puzzles thar your students can put together t ...
5 Views 17,519 Beg

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