Help with Spelling

Ref: C2341981

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

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
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is for all who would like to make sense of certain spellings, applying phonics, and it is also for everyone who wishes to improve their spelling skills through various activities. You have the opportunity to work on your own or in group activity. The choice is yours.

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

  • use the dictionary efficiently by looking up at least 3 words in ever session (beginners) use the dictionary efficientl by looking up at least 5 words in every session (elementary)
  • to practise short vowel sounds - CVC words - recognise at least 6 words. to practise long vowel sounds - recognise at least 6 words recognise vowel sounds and be able to read these. have a better understanding of identifying short vowel and long vowel sounds and spell accordingly.
  • understand the meaning of prefix and suffix - add at least 4 prefixes and 4 suffixes to the root word
  • to have a better understanding of the 'ie' word and rule of 'ie' before 'c' to practise at least 6 long vowels + 'e' (beginners) to practise at least 10 long vowels +'e' (elementary)
  • to understand that all English words do not end in 'i', but in 'y' to spell at least 6 homophones correctly 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
  • Support in the class is available for those who find spelling a struggle. You will be working at your own pace.

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

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
  • If you would like to write a letter to a friend, please bring it in and we will work together to proofread your work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • If you wish to share a small story from one of your favourite books, please bring it in and we will practise reading a couple of pages.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You will progress on to the next level in the spelling class. Please note that all students work at different levels and this is absolutely fine.

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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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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