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Teaching Spelling
in the Secondary Context

Teaching spelling in a secondary context becomes more complicated than the complex history that makes up the language because students come into school with a huge variance of abilities, understanding and skill. Teachers need to understand the elements that make up spelling (phonology, morphology, orthography and etymology) and how to approach diagnosing the specific areas students find difficult in learning to spell new or unfamiliar words. 

This handbook considers the key elements of teaching spelling; ways to diagnose, explicitly teach, scaffold and support students in any year level at secondary school.

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