Do you find spelling difficult? Would you like to improve your spelling in a friendly and supportive environment? You can improve your spelling. You will then have more confidence in your writing skills and feel much better about filling in forms, writing letters/emails and using the computer.
Build your confidence in spelling on this course where you will learn about tricks and strategies to help you learn spelling, the history of spelling and why we spell words the way that we do, common letter patterns, word families, compound words, silent letters, homophones, prefixes and suffixes, long and short vowels and spelling, key spelling rules, spelling survival skills, proofreading, using dictionaries and spelling aids with more confidence.

Who is this course for

This course is for those who are looking to develop their confidence with English spelling. It is open to anyone who speaks English as a first or second language. You may be studying Functional Skills English or studying English to Speakers of Other Languages. You may have struggled for years to improve your spelling. Or you may be content with your writing but just feel that your spelling is letting you down. You may just want to learn tips and tricks to help you succeed. The course might help you to decide if you want to do a Spelling course that takes longer to complete.

What does this course cover

Learn a range of memory tricks and spelling strategies to spell difficult words, find out about the history of spelling and why we spell words the way that we do, identify silent letter patterns and how they change to sounded letters in words, detect compound words, recognise differences between words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings (homophones), notice common letter patterns, word families and key spelling rules that can help with spelling, build words with prefixes and suffixes that change the meaning of words, identify short and long vowel sound-letter patterns, develop day-to-day spelling survival skills, proofreading and using dictionaries and spelling aids with more confidence.

This is an introductory course designed to help you develop your spelling and give you lots of opportunity and encouragement to practise your learning inside and outside of the classroom. If you need support or assistance for a disability or learning difficulty, please talk to your tutor or course coordinator.

What will it be like

There will be presentations using the Smartboard, pair, group and individual work activities, dictations, handouts, work at the computer and discussions with the guidance and support of the tutor. The tutor will closely monitor the students' work as well as questioning, observing progress, setting tasks and online tasks.

What else do you need to buy or do

A pen, a notebook and some highlighter pens will be useful to take notes and to help you to focus on spelling. An A4 folder and dividers to store your course materials and written notes.Please do as much practice as possible outside class to reinforce learning. This may be at home or elsewhere or homework given by the tutor.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:


You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes

What this course could lead to

You can join any of our English courses that are appropriate for you, please talk to your course tutor.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’