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Oxford Online English Home Page | Oxford Online English Beautiful Word Clouds Guide to English Spelling Rules Consult a dictionary before doubling a final s to form noun plurals, especially in monosyllabic words: gas > gases bus > buses (but AmE busses) A final z is always doubled: fez > fezzes quiz > quizzes In words of more than one syllable, both British and American English follow the usual stress rule when adding -es to form the third person singular of the present tense: focus > focuses nonplus > nonplusses In British English (as in the case involving a final l above), a stressed syllable is not a prerequisite for doubling the s before -ed and -ing to form past tenses and gerunds.

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teflreflections | My ramblings, rants and reflections on TEFL You Are Your Words - AHD English spelling rules grouped into nine categories Workbooks and games for the first six of the nine categories of English spelling rules below are currently available. The others are in preparation. English Spelling Rules Section 1 Word endings • No English word ends in ’v’ except spiv. Use ve instead. • No English word ends in ’j’. • No English word ends in ‘i’. • The word endings ‘dge’, ‘tch’, may only be used after a short vowel e.g. badge, hedge, lodge, fetch, Dutch, catch. • We double ‘l’, ‘f’, ‘s’ and ‘z’, after a single vowel at the end of a short word.e.g. call, tell, toss, miss, stiff, stuff, fizz, jazz.Exceptions to this spelling rule: us, bus, gas, if, of, this, yes, plus, nil, pal. Two-syllable words that end with s. Many words that end with s have the stress on the first syllable, e.g, crisis, bonus, crocus, circus, litmus and fungus .... If the stress is on the final syllable of a disyllabic word, the final s IS doubled, e.g. address, redress, discuss, unless, dismiss, undress, remiss, amiss, recall, rebuff.

Verb Tenses Worksheets "What a comprehensive site! I espcially like your verb tenses worksheets. They allow my students to really practice all the many variations. Thanks very much for your help." -- Lilliana V., Distrito Federal, Mexico, 10/28/11 Like these materials? Aren't verb tenses wonderful? COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The below publications contain copyrighted work to be used by teachers in school or at home. Unit 1: Using "To Be" The worksheet below gives a broad overview of all aspects of all possible tenses. Verb Tenses Diagram - A diagram of verb tenses and examples This unit contains worksheets outlining common usages of the verb "to be." Unit 2: Present Tense This unit contains printable present tense worksheets. Finding these materials helpful? Sorry to interrupt...Now back to browsing more quality reading comprehension materials! Sorry to interrupt...Now back to browsing more quality verb tenses exercises! Unit 3: Past Tense This unit contains printable past tense worksheets. Unit 4: Future Tense

ToonDoo - World's fastest way to create cartoons! Exclusive 100 Spelling Rules applied in 600 Phonics Lessons in 10 Books for Children and Adults to Read and Spell Hundreds of Words at a Time ESL Resources for Teachers: Printable Worksheets, Games, Lesson Plans, and More! The Literacy Block Saturday, 7 July 2012 at 3:47 pm A literacy block should provide a balanced program of literacy instruction including the following teaching/learning approaches to support reading and writing. Essential Reading Components: Modelled Reading occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers, enabling the experienced reader to model how effective readers sound, solve and think about texts when readingThe “think aloud” strategy is used strategically by the expert reader to model thinking and problem solving actions. Reading Aloud occurs when an expert reader reads a difficult text to less experienced readers for the purposes of: building a community of readers,creating shared experiences amongst students,exposing students to new ideas, story lines, characters and contexts,exposing students to new vocabulary, text and language structures,building a love of reading. Shared Reading Guided Reading Guided Reading/Reciprocal Teaching Independent Reading Modelled Writing The Aim

Basic Spelling Rules The English language has two kinds of letters: vowels and consonants. The vowels are a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y or w. The consonants are the letters that are not vowels: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, z. Long vowel: We hear the sound of the letter just as it is when we recite the alphabet. Examples: A long a is pronounced like the a in the words: make, cake, take, ache. Short vowel: The sound of the vowel is soft. Example: A short a is pronounced like the a in the words: mask, task, act, jack, bag. 1. If the letter after the vowel is f, l, or s, this letter is often doubled. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Return to Reading Lab page.