Useful Links

Useful Spelling Educational linksThis unit lists links to other sites with more information on spelling. The sites have been grouped as follows:

Dyslexia and Spelling Problems

Resources for further work on spelling

British and American spelling differences

More examples of homophones

Learning English as a foreign/second language

The reform of English spelling

Dyslexia and spelling problems

Dyslexia and spelling problems
Originally started as a support group for parents of dyslexic children, the British Dyslexia Association is now a major pressure group with wide-ranging influence. The site has articles on numerous aspects of dyslexia - a mine of information
The Dyslexia Institute (DI) is an educational charity, founded in 1972, for the assessment and teaching of people with dyslexia and for the training of teachers. It has grown to become the only national dyslexia teaching organisation in the world.
Based in the USA, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (formerly The Orton Dyslexia Society) is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. The IDA was established over 50 years ago to continue the pioneering work of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, who was one of the first to identify dyslexia and its remediation.
A support and information site for adult dyslexics in the UK.
A 'community for adults with dyslexia' - a self-help group for exchange of ideas.
For everyone with an interest in dyslexia: dyslexia testing and assessment, teaching dyslexic children, advice for parents of a dyslexic child, coping techniques for dyslexic adults, free magazine articles, journal, and much more.
Information on dyslexia. Long list of links to other useful sites. aims to be the UK's one-stop-shop to meet the technology needs of dyslexic people of all ages. They provide:
Computers with dyslexia-oriented software installed;
Advice on the right software package for you;
Talking dictionaries, dictating machines and many other handy gadgets;
Seminars and training for teachers and other education professionals.
Written by a mother who has educated her dyslexic son herself, this site
is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to teaching dyslexic children at
home. The site includes plenty of practical advice
The Learning Disabilities Information and Education Centre: USA site covering a variety of learning problems including dyslexia.

Resources for further work on spelling

Dyslexia and spelling problems

GCSE offers help to students studying and revising for exams in English Language and Literature. There are regular online chat sessions where you can discuss problems with a real English teacher plus there are a wide range of helpful activities designed to help you improve anything from basic spelling to exam technique.
A wide range of materials for both mainstream students and those with specific literacy difficulties. The Stile "Phonics and Spelling" Books and "Stile Dyslexia" are supplied by LDA, together with the Stile trays. For further information on these books, see Publications.
LDA also supply the "ACE" dictionary which has been written specially for people with spelling difficulties. Words are grouped by their sounds so, even if you don't know how to spell the start of the word, you can still find it quickly.
In the USA, LDA materials are supplied by: or
Amazon supplies the well known word game Scrabble and also:
a) Word Spin: This game consists of eight interlocking, magnetic spin wheels with 10 facets that each display one letter. Players combine the wheels to form words. Add up the points on each letter, and the player with the highest score wins. An award-wining travel game.
b) Boggle: A table game of cubes with lettered faces. Shake them around, tip into a frame and track for words. Also now available as a computer game.
Online quizzes educational quizzes, including some on spelling
Songs to learn spelling rules - could be suitable for use with classes of children.
Downloadable worksheets to learn and reinforce spelling rules
Australian site with advice for parents on how to help children with spelling.
Exercises to support UK exams: SATs, GCSE and A-level.
USA site, giving the 25 most misspelled words for grades 1-8 + teaching strategies.
From the Open University (UK) : hints on improving your spelling
Wordsearches - Free software to enable you to generate a random wordsearch using the words you specify. Various dimensions and levels of difficulty. Complete the wordsearch on-screen or print it out or copy/paste into any word processor.
'Resource Pack for Tutors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties' - details of a bank of resource material to support a structured, cumulative, multi-sensory language programme for older students and adults.
Amity Reading Clubs provide literacy tuition to adults with special learning difficulties, operating three Clubs in south east London. The site contains a useful list of spelling rules.
Games, quizzes and more to help adults improve literacy and numeracy.

and finally:

Brown and Brown Publishing

No website, but for a catalogue: Tel.& Fax (UK 0044) (0)16973 42915
Keeper's Cottage, Westward, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 8NQ U.K.
They produce a wide range of material designed for adults who are improving their basic skills in reading, spelling, writing and maths. Their topical 'News Worksheets' are very popular with teenagers and adults.

British and American spelling differences

British and American spelling differences British and American spelling differences

All these sites give long lists of the spelling differences:
As well as spelling differences, this site also lists the different terms used in Britain and the USA e.g. wallet/billfold, wardrobe/closet

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words

More examples of homophones

Spellzone meets Homophonezone! This site must have every homophone anyone could imagine (1572 sets) together with meanings, quizzes and jokes:

All these sites contain many examples of homophones, but no meanings are given:
Printable worksheets for homophones

The history and reform of English spelling
All about the Simplified Spelling Society
The site of the 'Spelling Reform Ring'
Arguments for spelling reforms
The history of English spelling: detailed information from several sources
A lighthearted campaign for spelling reform, with opportunities to vote for the changes you would like.

Learning English as a foreign/second language

Learning English as a foreign/second language
Learn and improve your English with free ESL English games, and order free learning software.
This site acts as a gateway to many other sites on learning and teaching English as a foreign language.
Provides links to the many branches of the BBC World Service. It also has an interactive Learning English site for learners and teachers with exercises, quizzes and audio to help students improve their English.
Self-Study quizzes for ESL students - grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Monthly journal for teachers.
Communities for EFL/ESL Students & Teachers - information and teaching material.
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World"
A starting point for ESL learners who want to learn English through the Web. Many people have created ESL learning materials for the Web. This site links you to a variety of places.

ESL Teachers Board: ESL jobs, teaching materials, resources for teachers and students


More English and language resources

Other links

Recommended language schools

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