Help with Spelling

Ref: C2341471

You will practise common spelling patterns in English, through activities which comprise crosswords, picture matching, puzzles, rhymes, etc. All these activities are used to keep you focused and interested, whilst providing vital practice at 3 levels - beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. You will be able to record your progress through small spelling test, dictation, rhyming activity, riddles, listening activities.

Course aim

You will learn sets of simple rules to improve your spelling. Also you will identify various spellings used in context, etc homophones This course will promote your chances of finding employment by learning to proofread your own work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is also for people who find it difficult to spell and people who have learning difficulties.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • use the dictionary efficiently by looking up at least 5 words in every session.
  • have a better understanding of identifying long vowels and short vowels.
  • to have a better understanding of the 'ie' word and rule of 'ie' before 'c'
  • to understand that all English words do not end in 'i', but in 'y', and to spell these words when adding a suffix e.g. 'ed', 'ing' and 'es'
  • to spell at least 6 homophones in context.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • you will be asked to practise the learned spellings at home, ready for the following week.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a starter activity at each session, solving the spelling wheel and finding as many words as possible. The dictionary is a very useful tool to use with this activity.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • You are quite welcome to bring a list of words which you find difficult to spell, and discuss with others, strategies used in the past to overcome that particular difficulty. A problem shared is a problem solved.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • This course will help you to proofread your own work, especially when you have to write a letter of application for a job or produce a CV

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Help with Spelling


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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