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Event Name:The Nexus between Spelling and Pronunciation (TOP-IG)
Event Type(s):Prof Dev Meeting/Workshop
Interest Group (IG) Event

Program Description

The English spelling system is an alphabetic system, that is, the letters in the spelling represent vowel and consonant sounds in the pronunciation. However, it is the least regular example of an alphabetic system among languages of the world. So, it is not totally regular, nor is it totally irregular. This has several implications for English language learners:
  • Some learners, especially those from a logographic writing system, may bypass the alphabetic principle and learn the spelling of English words by rote, as indivisible units, ignoring the regularities that do exist.
  • Some learners rely on the letter-to-sound correspondences, which are often unreliable, i.e., they over-treat spelling as regular.
  • English has many homophones and homographs, which mostly need to be learned by rote.
  • Some learners are unaware of letter-to-sound correspondences that are reliable.
Workshop exercises are conducted which deal with the above factors. Attendees will gain an appreciation of:
  • the regularity and irregularity of English spelling
  • some spelling patterns that are regular, and some that are irregular
  • how this accounts for some of the mispronunciations by English learners
  • how the exercises help learners appreciate these factors, and improve their pronunciation

CATESOL Members: Free
​Guests: $5


Adam Brown retired as Research Director of the Auckland Institute of Studies, New Zealand, and is author of Understanding and Teaching English Spelling; Activities and Exercises for Teaching English Pronunciation; Pronunciation and Phonetics; and Teaching English Pronunciation: A Book of Readings (all Routledge).

TOP-IG Hosts

Marsha Chan, Randall Rightmire, Patryk Mrozek
Event Date:12/3/2021
Event Time:11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific
Location:CATESOL Zoom room
Contact Person:Marsha Chan
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