Spelling: The basic 'Building Bricks' of the English language

consonants vowels syllables suffixes prefixes long vowels short vowels

To get full benefit from this course, it will help if you have a clear understanding of the 'basic building bricks' that, placed together, form words. It is particularly important to be clear about the difference between 'long' and 'short' vowels.

Each of the terms above is covered in greater detail in later sections. For example, you will be able to study:

  • different ways of spelling vowel and consonant sounds
    ('Spelling Choices')
  • common patterns of vowels and consonant in words of more
    than one syllable
  • when adding a suffix means a change to a root word.
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