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The development of a pseudo-word spelling test informed by Triple Word Form Theory

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Spelling ability is a critical literacy skill of sustained concern among educators, parents and employers as it can impact ones capacity to effectively read (Martin-Chang, Ouellette, & Madden, 2014) and write (Daffern, Mackenzie, & Hemmings, 2017a). According to Triple Word Form Theory (TWFT), being able to spell in the English language is also a complex linguistic process involving integration of phonology, orthography and morphology (Daffern, 2015). Phonological processing requires awareness of spoken sounds, at the smallest speech sound (phoneme) level and at the syllable level, and is activated when encoding (spelling) words. Orthographic processing requires sensitivity to letter strings or patterns within words, including knowing plausible alternative grapheme (alphabetic letter) combinations that apply under certain conditions. Morphological processing requires sensitivity to the smallest meaningful units in words, including knowing how suffixes and prefixes attach to base words (Apel, 2014). Breakdowns in any of these linguistic processes can lead to spelling errors (Bahr, 2015).

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Daffern, T. & Ramful, A. (2018). The development of a pseudo-word spelling test informed by Triple Word Form Theory. European Educational Research Association Conference: ECER 2018: Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research? (pp. 1-13). Berlin, Germany: European Educational Research Association.

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 13

Place Of Publication


  • Berlin, Germany

Abstract


  • Spelling ability is a critical literacy skill of sustained concern among educators, parents and employers as it can impact ones capacity to effectively read (Martin-Chang, Ouellette, & Madden, 2014) and write (Daffern, Mackenzie, & Hemmings, 2017a). According to Triple Word Form Theory (TWFT), being able to spell in the English language is also a complex linguistic process involving integration of phonology, orthography and morphology (Daffern, 2015). Phonological processing requires awareness of spoken sounds, at the smallest speech sound (phoneme) level and at the syllable level, and is activated when encoding (spelling) words. Orthographic processing requires sensitivity to letter strings or patterns within words, including knowing plausible alternative grapheme (alphabetic letter) combinations that apply under certain conditions. Morphological processing requires sensitivity to the smallest meaningful units in words, including knowing how suffixes and prefixes attach to base words (Apel, 2014). Breakdowns in any of these linguistic processes can lead to spelling errors (Bahr, 2015).

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Daffern, T. & Ramful, A. (2018). The development of a pseudo-word spelling test informed by Triple Word Form Theory. European Educational Research Association Conference: ECER 2018: Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research? (pp. 1-13). Berlin, Germany: European Educational Research Association.

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 13

Place Of Publication


  • Berlin, Germany