Online Class: Spelling 101

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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!

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.

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements other than a high school reading level.

Course Goals

Spelling Course Goals:


·         Review Basic Spelling Rules

·         Learn spelling strategies and tips

·         Become familiar with Common Homonyms and frequently Misspelled Words

·         To understand spelling dilemmas such as ‘ie’ vs. ‘ei’

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course consists of eight lessons. At the end of each lesson will be brief quiz and/or assignment based on the lesson material. There are points for assignments and quizzes and class participation in forums (discussions). A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Improving Your Spelling
  2. Lesson 1: The Basic Rules of Spelling
  3. Lesson 2: Plural Forms for Names, Compound Words and Numbers
  4. Lesson 3: Understanding 'ie' Versus 'ei' and Other Spelling Dilemmas
  5. Lesson 4: Prefix and Suffix Rules
  6. Lesson 5: Honomyns---Words that Sound Alike
  7. Lesson 6: Commonly Misspelled Words
  8. Putting It Together

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know 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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 2 Exam A11
Lesson 2 Exam B - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge15
Lesson 2 Exam C - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge20
Lesson 2 Exam D - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge15
Lesson 2 Exam E - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge15
Lesson 2 Exam F - Testing Your Current Spelling Knowledge20
Lesson 3 Exam A8
Lesson 3 Exam B20
Lesson 3 Exam C20
Lesson 3 Exam D10
Lesson 3 Exam E - Testing Your Ability to See Misspelled Words20
Lesson 3 Exam F - Testing Your Ability to See Misspelled Words20
Lesson 3 Exam G - Testing Your Ability to See Misspelled Words20
Lesson 4 Exam A8
Lesson 4 Exam B20
Lesson 4 Exam C20
Lesson 4 Exam D20
Lesson 4 Exam E15
Lesson 5 Exam A13
Lesson 5 Exam B20
Lesson 5 Exam C20
Lesson 5 Exam D10
Lesson 5 Exam E10
Lesson 5 Exam F20
Lesson 6 Exam A17
Lesson 6 Exam B9
Lesson 6 Exam C10
Lesson 6 Exam D20
Lesson 6 Exam E10
Lesson 6 Exam F20
Lesson 7 Exam A20
Lesson 7 Exam B15
Lesson 7 Exam C10
Lesson 7 Exam D15
Lesson 7 Exam E10
Lesson 7 Exam F20
Final Spelling Test50
Total Points:617

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