The Research

ELLs and Spelling

The Study Time Line

Date

Intervention

February

2-6

Pre-Test Words Their Way Elementary Spelling Inventory

Spelling Attitudes Survey

February

9-13

Week 1 of Instruction

Spelling Instruction and comparison of the Vowels e/i in Spanish and English

February

16-20

Week 2 of Instruction

Spelling Instruction: Focus on the confusion between the short i/e sounds and spellings

February

23-27

Week 3 of Instruction

Spelling Instruction; Cognate confusion & Digraphs

March

2-6

Week 4 of Instruction

Spelling Instruction: Review of Language transfer connections and post-test

What the Data Shows...

Was a small improvement in the scores of all students from pre to post test. While this was a short study with a small group, the results show the direct instruction in phonological awareness and language transfer are proven to have a positive effect on student spelling!