N.L.P technique for teaching spelling.

Jill Edge

Jill Edge

The founder of inspired 4 change and is an experienced specialist teacher and a qualified clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner

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Spelling is an important skill, and one many people find difficult. Robert Dilts spelling strategy teaches the process that good spellers use and has organised it into a simple effective strategy.

What he found was that good spellers look up as they spell, they visualise the word as they spell it, and then look down to check with their feeling that they are correct.

People who spell poorly usually try and do this from sound. Phonics is taught extensively in schools these days, this method can be confusing at times, as the English language has so many different phonetic patterns and rules. The N.L.P strategy does not rely upon phonics.

Step 1.
Think of something that feels familiar and pleasant. When you have that feeling, look at the word you want to spell for a few seconds. It may help to place the word on card or paper in front of you.

Step 2.
Next, look away and move your eyes up and to your left and remember what you can of the correct spelling. It helps If you write the word using different coloured pens
e.g. s p e l l i n g Try and recall what each letter is and the colour of the letter. Keep looking to the written word and to the upper left to try and visualise the word until you can see it visually. It may help to make a tricky section bigger than the other letters e.g.  s  p e l l i n g

Step 3
Look up to the ceiling to the left and visualise the word. Then write it using the coloured pens initially trying to recall the letters and colours. Check that it is correct, if not go back to step 1 and follow the process again.

Step 4
Look up at your mental image and spell the word backwards. This will really make sure the word is clear. Then write it using a normal pen without the colours.

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