Importance of Correct SpellingsThe correct spelling of words is important, even in this day and age of computer spell checks. It's much more important than many people realise.
The correct spelling of words affects academic success. Students at school and at tertiary level are frequently assessed on their skills in written language. It is considered a strong indication of their intelligence and will impact on their exam results.
Reading is easier than spelling. That's because words can be decoded or broken up in a number of ways.
Spelling, on the other hand, is more precise and therefore difficult. To correctly spell, you must retrieve the letters of the word from your memory, then rebuild them in the correct sequence.
Spelling and reading are such different processes that a child can be a brilliant reader, yet at the same time, a poor speller.
When children struggle with spelling, they write less because it takes them longer to express themselves on paper. This means they do not get the opportunity to practise writing to the extent that better spellers do. Teachers mark them down and their self-esteem suffers.
When they reach the stage where they are expected to write answers to questions in paragraph or essay-form, many fail.
Spelling is a reflection of a number of things when a person applies for a job.
When they use correct spelling, words are readable and communication is clear. This convinces a prospective employer that the job applicant has been well educated.
It also tells them that they take care of detail and take pride in what they present.
Guidelines for Good Spellings
One of the most common spelling rules taught to elementary students is "I before E, except after C, unless it says A as in neighbor and weigh." However, there are a number of other rules that you can use to help decode the spelling of an unfamiliar word. For example:
- The letter Q is always followed by U. In this case, the U is not considered to be a vowel.
- The letter S never follows X.
- To spell a short vowel sound, only one letter is needed. Examples of this rule include at, red, it, hot, and up.
- Drop the E. When a word ends with a silent final E, it should be written without the E when adding an ending that begins with a vowel. In this way, come becomes coming and hope becomes hoping.
- When adding an ending to a word that ends with Y, change the Y to I if it is preceded by a consonant. In this way, supply becomes supplies and worry becomes worried.
- All, written alone, has two L's. When used as a prefix, however, only one L is written. Examples of this rule include also and almost.
- Generally, adding a prefix to a word does not change the correct spelling.
- Words ending in a vowel and Y can add the suffix -ed or -ing without making any other change.