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Course Description

Do you use your Spell Check on your computer obsessively? Are you afraid to write anything without a dictionary or computer spelling program?  Are you receiving low grades on schoolwork because of poor spelling? Are your business emails filled with embarrassing spelling errors? Well then, it sounds like you can use this online course!
The English language is one of the most complex languages in the world when it comes to spelling.  Many words are Latin in origin and follow the antiquated rules of this now dead language.  Additionally, the English language has borrowed more words from other languages such as French and German than most people realize -- this variety of words complicates spelling because they follow the particular spelling conventions of their mother tongue.
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. We'll review not only the basic rules of spelling but also the most common spelling "trouble spots" (commonly missed words and word patterns). We'll also discuss those tricky synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, suffixes and prefixes. 

This class is self-paced and practice exercises are reviewed by the instructor with feedback. You set your own learning schedule so there's no pressure. Why not learn to write error-free English, and improve your grades or help with the quality of your professional writing? So join us today, and let's improve your spelling skills.

  • 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

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"Extraordinarily Helpful"
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Introduction to Improving Your Spelling

Course Introduction 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Take Poll: Personal Spelling Average
  • Take Survey: 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. 96 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam A
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam B
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam C
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam D
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam E
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam F

Plural Forms for Names, Compound Words and Numbers

This lesson describes how to form plurals for compound words, numbers, and names. 118 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Plurals
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam A
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam B
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam C
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam D
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam E
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam F
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam G

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
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam A
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam B
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam C
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam D
  • Complete: 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
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam A
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam B
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam C
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam D
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam E
  • Complete: 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. 86 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words; Sound Alikes
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam B
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam C
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam D
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam E
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam F

Commonly Misspelled Words

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

Putting It Together

A Final Spelling Test and additional resources to improve writing are presented in this final lesson 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Review of Spelling Rules
  • Take Poll: Rate Spelling Improvement
  • Take Survey: Final Course Survey
  • Take Survey: Needs Assessment Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: 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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Spelling 101
Course Number: 7550405
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,366 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (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: Daphnee St.Val
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "The instructor was very nice." -- Issac D.
  • "It was amazing that words I thought I knew how to spell were sometimes very difficult to distinguish in the spelling tests. I read a lot and thought I was a good speller. When I got back the test results, the ones I got wrong were....really!" -- Chris R.
  • "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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