Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Spelling, Orthography, Spanish, Elementary, Spelling Stages, Developmental Spelling
This is a descriptive and qualitative analysis of the most prevalent spelling errors in Spanish L1 Students spelling in the English language. The present study also does have qualitative method mixed in since the amount of spelling tokens and errors in each location and spelling stage has been quantified. This thesis posed the questions (1) how did the errors pattern among participants? (2) How did the errors pattern within the onset, nucleus, and coda? (3) How did errors pattern within the spelling stages? (4) What can teachers do to help? These questions framed pedagogical approaches that are being proposed to help teachers of this population of students. Studies in developmental spelling have outlined that vowels are difficult for students to spell. As children age they are more equipped to deal with spellings of vowels. Similarly, the within word pattern stage was the most difficult. This was followed by the coda and the spelling stage of syllable juncture. Finally, the onset of the word and the phonemic and derivational stages resulted in few errors. Discussion of data is listed by spelling stage and analysis is approached from aspects of historic language change, phonology, morphology and orthography as applicable. Pedagogical strategies consist of direct study of the internal structures of the words. It is recommended that the examination of these words should be done in the context of text study.
Wolf, Tiffany, "A Descriptive and Qualitative-Quantitative Analysis of the Spelling of L1 Spanish-English Speaking Elementary Students" (2017). Culminating Projects in English. 105.