Online Class: Spelling 101

Spelling 101 will help improve your spelling abilities in American English. This course will teach you how to avoid misspellings by recognizing spelling errors quickly.

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Course Description

Mastering English Spelling: Elevate Your Writing

Have you ever hesitated before hitting 'send' on an email, worrying about spelling errors? Or perhaps you've experienced the mortification of discovering a glaring mistake in a school paper or business proposal after it's too late? You're not alone. In the era of autocorrect and spellcheck, many of us have become reliant on technology, and our natural spelling skills have suffered.

English, with its rich history and multiple influences, can be a particularly challenging language to spell. Drawing from Latin roots, it also borrows heavily from languages such as French and German. This diverse origin has given English its vibrancy, but also its intricacy, especially in spelling conventions.

Our comprehensive online spelling course is here to guide you through the maze of English spelling. Not only will you delve deep into foundational rules, but you'll also explore those pesky exceptions and the most commonly misspelled words and patterns. Imagine, for instance, navigating effortlessly through the maze of "ie" versus "ei," or discerning when to use "effect" versus "affect."

Course Highlights:

  1. Introduction to Improving Your Spelling: Start your journey with a clear understanding of why English spelling can be challenging and the common pitfalls many face. Dive into the significance of mastering this skill, not just for academics or professional life, but for personal confidence.

  2. The Basic Rules of Spelling: Equip yourself with the fundamental rules that form the backbone of English spelling. Explore the reasons behind the spelling of words and the patterns they follow, providing a strong base for the lessons that follow.

  3. Plural Forms for Names, Compound Words, and Numbers: Understand the conventions behind pluralizing complex nouns, from family names to compound nouns, ensuring your plurals are always spot-on.

  4. Understanding "ie" Versus "ei" and Other Spelling Dilemmas: Delve into the commonly confused spelling patterns. Through engaging exercises, familiarize yourself with the right contexts and rules to employ them.

  5. Prefix and Suffix Rules: Discover the intricacies of adding prefixes and suffixes to base words, ensuring word formations are always correct.

  6. Homonyms - Words that Sound Alike: Differentiate between words that sound similar but have different meanings and spellings, like "their," "there," and "they’re."

  7. Commonly Misspelled Words: Address the words that often trip people up. Strengthen your vocabulary by recognizing and correcting these frequent errors.

  8. Putting It Together: Combine all the lessons into holistic exercises and real-world examples, cementing your newfound knowledge.

Each module is fortified with activities ensuring that your learning is hands-on. Whether you're a student aiming for better grades, a professional hoping to craft impeccable emails and reports, or simply someone who loves the beauty of well-spelled words, this course offers a flexible, self-paced learning environment. Shed the anxiety around spelling mistakes and embrace the confidence that comes with mastery.

Join us today and transform the way you write and perceive the English language.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(2,862 votes)

Introduction to Improving Your Spelling

Course Introduction 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduction

The Basic Rules of Spelling

This lesson describes how to go from singular to plurals and the exceptions to the rule. Additional lesson topics: Spelling Plurals with -s or -es; The Suffixes -ance and -ence; Basic Spelling Rules Explained; -ible or -able 96 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 8 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam A
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam B - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam C - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam D - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam E - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam F - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge

Plural Forms for Names, Compound Words and Numbers

This lesson describes how to form plurals for compound words, numbers, and names. Additional lesson topics: Apostrophes with Names Ending in s, ch, or z; Plurals 118 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam A
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam B
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam C
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam D
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam E - Testing Your Ability to See Misspelled Words
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam F - Testing Your Ability to See Misspelled Words
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam G - Testing Your Ability to See Misspelled Words

Understanding "ie" Versus "ei" and Other Spelling Dilemmas

This lesson discusses when to use ie or ei, and the exceptions to the rule. 83 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam A
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam B
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam C
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam D
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam E

Prefix and Suffix Rules

This lesson explains the rules for adding prefixes and suffixes, and the some of the most commonly used. 93 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam A
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam B
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam C
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam D
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam E
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam F

Homonyms - Words that Sound alike

This lesson describes some of the most common words that sound alike but have multiple spellings and their definitions. Additional lesson topics: 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words; Sound Alikes 86 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam A
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam B
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam C
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam D
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam E
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam F

Commonly Misspelled Words

Here is a list of the most commonly misspelled words. Additional lesson topics: Commonly Confused Words 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 16 Practice Worksheets
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam A
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam B
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam C
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam D
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam E
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam F

Putting It Together

A Final Spelling Test and additional resources to improve writing are presented in this final lesson Additional lesson topics: Review of Spelling Rules 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Comments; Final Course Survey; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Final Spelling Test
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the basic rules of spelling.
  • Demonstrate correct spelling of plural forms for names, compound words, and numbers.
  • Avoid common spelling mistakes.
  • Define prefix and suffix rules.
  • Define homonyms.
  • Identify commonly misspelled words.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Spelling 101
Course Number: 57700115
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (2,862 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was helpful in allowing me to see where my habitual spelling errors are. It also brought me back to the basics of spelling, which helped refresh certain rules I'd forgotten about. Thank you." -- Lisa M.
  • "Greta course to brush up on spelling.I am a good speller but realized i did not know how to spell as many words as i thought." -- Kim M.
  • "I like how quickly she was able to grade assignments and give feedback." -- Rosemary R.
  • "It was a fun course to take and not too difficult." -- Dawn L.
  • "The instructor was very nice." -- Issac D.
  • "The whole course was helpful.. The instructor was very helpful and helped me a great deal." -- Marlis W.
  • "I thought all parts were helpful because I was a horrible speller and now I'm great." -- Brandon G.
  • "Thank you, this has been a great help." -- Rita M.
  • "Excellent!" -- Pamela T.
  • "The fact that it is self-paced and online is the very best thing because of my busy schedule. I took another course from this same instructor and I like the way things are set up." -- Suzanna S.

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