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Marcel Jacobs

Marcel Jacobs
Mentor:  Dr. Michael Hixon

The Effect of Sounding Out Words in Spelling Accuracy
Spelling has proved to be an important factor in future learning, therefore, ensuring that students are taught properly is crucial. Previous studies show that adding a sounding out step cover-copy-compare (spelling technique) has had mixed results. One study found improved spelling accuracy with the addition of a sounding out step, while two others found no difference. More work is needed to examine whether adding a sounding out step is effective in increasing spelling accuracy. The current study's goal is to see if there is a difference between sounding out and not sounding out words when spelling them using a traditional technique. Two elementary school students participated and took part in a total of six sessions as well as a preliminary test, altogether lasting a total of 3 weeks. The results of the study showed that there was no significant difference between the two conditions, though each participant did show an increase in spelling accuracy.