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Why analytical spelling helps students learn to read

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Analytical spelling is the art of analyzing phonemic, morphemic, and syllabic units of pronunciation in spoken words and encoding them into their corresponding graphemes in writing or speech. In other words, spelling is the process of naming speech sounds as letter symbols and organizing those sounds and symbols logically so that they can be written and read.

Analytical spelling is, therefore, a systematic way of learning to pronounce words according to their phonemic, morphemic, and syllabic units. It helps students comprehend words because it requires them to deconstruct them into their pronunciation and meaning-bearing units. Students who use morphemic clues to analyze words can improve their comprehension and pronunciation because morphemes function as meaning-bearing and pronunciation units.


Everything begins with spelling.

Students who can spell phonemic, syllabic, and morphemic sounds by matching them to their corresponding graphemes or phonograms are powerfully equipped to decode, read, and understand every written word.

Spelling is the art of learning how to pronounce and understand words, while reading is the art of pronouncing and understanding words. Therefore, to learn how to spell is to learn how to read. And spelling, by definition, must precede reading.

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