Speaker to talk on spelling, learning to spell

spellingIs the ability to spell still important?

Yes, says Rebecca Treiman, the Burke and Elizabeth High Baker Professor of Child Developmental Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.

“We no longer need to possess the ability to write words in cursive,” Treiman says, “but we do need to know their correct spellings.”

Professor Treiman will visit NIU to speak on “Spelling and Learning to Spell” at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12. She will examine how the English spelling system (and others) works and how people learn about the system. Her talk in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center is open to students, faculty, staff and anyone interested in language and literacy. Refreshments will be served.

She also will review studies of how children learn to spell.

“These studies look at populations ranging from toddlers to adults, examining how different aspects of spelling skill develop,” she says. “I also consider implications for instruction, both for typically developing children and children who experience problems in learning to read and spell.”

NIU’s Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships’ PI Academy and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language & Literacy are co-sponsors of the event.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Lindsay Harris at lharris3@niu.edu.

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