Individualized Spelling & SpellingCity:
A Free Diagnostic Spelling
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SpellingCity.com have teamed up to provide AVKO's
members with an amazing new resource for teaching spelling
in an efficient, fun, and multi-media way. AVKO's
Individualized Spelling is a
book of pre-tests that allow you to create a completely
customized spelling curriculum for your student, saving time
and energy while learning only those
he does not already know. These spelling lists can be
used by themselves as incrementally more difficult spelling
lists, or they can be used in the way described below.
This method of teaching spelling is especially helpful to
adults looking to improve their spelling, those looking to
enter or re-enter the workforce, or those looking to begin
or restart their college education. This method will
allow learners to teach themselves as well, without
the need of a tutor, which can otherwise be frustrating and
For Whom Is AVKO's Individualized
Spelling on SpellingCity.com Not Appropriate?
- Children and adults who need to increase their
spelling ability drastically.
- Those with learning disabilities or those who need individual (one on one) or supervised instruction.
- Those students whose teachers need the convenience
of a pre-packaged program.
If you fit into any of these above
Directions for Creating
Individualized Lists Using Our Free Resources &
The Patterns of English Spelling (make the spelling
lists from the information gained by these diagnostic tests.
Become an AVKO member
to access this essential reference tool for free as a
- Go to
AVKO's Individualized Spelling spelling lists on
- Take one of the Quick Survey Test forms to
determine at which level your student should start in
- The first word that was missed will determine
the level at which your student will start. 1
= A, 2 = B, 3 = C, 4 = D, 5 = E, 6 = F, 7 = G, 8 =
H, 9 = I.
- If your student misses the first word, he should
Sequential Spelling 1.
- Administer the tests in that level through the
end of the book, noting which words are missed.
- Administer as many tests as desired / as
tolerated by the student.
- Continue until all tests from that point onward
are administered (not all tests need be administered
immediately -- 3-4 missed words can generate 3-4
days' worth of spelling tests, depending on the
number of examples of a word family the student
needs and if they need additional practice with the
endings of words (-s, -ing, -ed, etc.)
- Create the
tests with the help of
of English Spelling (free as an
- Use our article on
creating your own Sequential Spelling tests
for more information on how to go about designing
- See also our article on
your spelling program for more ideas and
information regarding how to set up your lessons.
- See also The Reading
Teacher's List of Over 5,500 Basic Spelling Words
(free as an
membership) for more information on the
words that are essential to English fluency.
- Administer your newly-designed, completely
customized spelling curriculum
- You may wish to upload your newly-customized
SpellingCity.com to take advantage of its
pre-recorded word pronunciations, contextual
sentences, automatically-generated word games and
worksheets based on the word lists, and other
- You may wish to administer these lists to your
students yourself. In that case, a
Student Response Book
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