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Tips for the CD-ROM
The SoundSearch tool of
the Macmillan English Dictionary CD-ROM allows you to search for
words by the way they sound. This tool is ideal for practising pronunciation
and raising students' awareness of the relationship between sound and
spelling in English.
In this issue of the magazine I will give you tips on
how students can use the SoundSearch to work on commonly misspelt
words, whilst at the same time practising using the phonemic symbols.
Dictation of commonly misspelt words
||To raise awareness of common spelling mistakes and
practise using the phonemic symbols.
||Students try to spell words and transcribe them into
1. Choose about 10 words that cause problems for
the class. Common spelling mistakes can be gleaned from students' written
work or taken from the list below (based on my own students' errors, with
the problems in brackets):
combination; double l)
l or n)
c or m)
- confusion with
c or s;
2. Dictate the words to the students. Where there
is ambiguity, give students further hints. For example, weather
(noun) as opposed to whether (conjunction): He walked for five
miles in bad weather.
3. Students compare spellings and try to correct each other's spelling
4. Students work in pairs to write phonemic transcriptions
using the SoundSearch key.
5. Students type their transcriptions into the
SoundSearch tool and check their spellings. Point out to them that
they need to include the stress mark(s) in their transcriptions.
6. In class, draw particular attention to:
- the use of the single l -ful suffix in adjectives
(eg beautiful, faithful, successful) and the double
l -fully suffix in adverbs (eg beatifully, faithfully,
- the single t in the present participle writing,
compared to the double t in the past participle written.
As a follow-up activity, students
can open Pronunciation Practice and record and play back
their own pronunciation of the words.