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The Spelling zone of Lextutor was created in November 07 to bring together different projects on spelling. It has two sections:
FIRST is an intraword analysis suggesting which English words are likely to be hard to spell.
A set of Regular Expressions pick out the hard-to-spell words at any of 20 frequency levels (the 20x1000 family lists as used in VP-BNC). These expressions seek out research-indicated causes of spelling difficulty such as multi-syllables (unreasonableness), double-double consonants (committed), triple vowels (agreeable), classic conundrums (admissible), and others as identified in the research (e.g. by Frith, 1983, Cognitive processses in spelling; Brown & N. Ellis, 1994, Handbook of spelling).

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SECOND is a set of activity builders that give practice in written word form encoding and retention.

  1. Productive     The NEW! Dictator v.5.1 builder routine creates TTS-based dictation activities in four units (words, phrases, random sentences, sequential sentences), two modes (Teach and Test), and two languages (English and French).
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  2. Recognition     The classic I-Dentify (a.k.a. Jumble or Spew) builder creates screen-at-a-time word recognition activities. Learners identify a word cued by blanked concordance lines from a jumble of random letters, such as 'agsjtylinterestingkshrtywc' (agsjtylinterestingkshrtywc). SAVES ON LEXTUTOR.

Part of this work was done as part of the research for Ubisoft's My Word Coach video game for learning vocabulary and spelling.