Teaching spelling in the middle years : reviewing programs for diverse student groups

Exley, Beryl (2014) Teaching spelling in the middle years : reviewing programs for diverse student groups. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 22(3), pp. 11-17.

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In what follows, I draw attention to understandings about the teaching of Standard Australian English spelling developed by being immersed in the URL project site for four years though sharing professional dialogue with teachers and educators and entering into informal conversations with some of the students and their parents. My understandings focus on the potential and problematics of oft-used generic spelling programs and approaches for student cohorts marked by social, cultural and linguistic diversity. This article concludes by considering two possible extensions to the word study approach that may have utility for working with middle years students from diverse backgrounds: creating a discursive ‘Third Space’ that overtly recognises students’ language experiences and the technique of colour blocking to create a visual stress.

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ID Code: 78440
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Spelling, Middle Years, Third Space, Colour blocking, Visual stress
ISSN: 1320-5692
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ALEA
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2014 00:06
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2014 11:22

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