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  • To participate fully in a modern society, children must learn to use written as well as spoken language. Spelling is one of the many skills that contribute to being an effective writer. Although formal literacy instruction starts around the age of 6 in many societies, children begin to learn about some of the basic characteristics of written words well before this. At a young age, therefore, children may produce spellings that look somewhat like the words of their language but that do not use letters to represent sounds in a systematic way. As children learn that written symbols stand for units of language, they make predictable spelling mistakes. In languages with complex writing systems, becoming a good speller is a long process. Learning to spell ...

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