Spelling: Beyond the Alphabetic Principle

  • 09:30 AM
  • St Charbel’s College, 142 Highclere Avenue, Punchbowl, Sydney
  • Phone (03) 9890 6138 or visit LDA website or email

This hands-on session will present a systematic explicit evidence-based approach to teaching spelling, focusing on teaching spelling as a ‘process’, based on the structure of the English Language including: phonology. syllabication (structural analysis) and morphology. Explanatory session notes and materials will be provided.

Participants will learn:

  • basic procedures for spelling regular 1-syllable words based on  sound-symbol relationships (phonology),
  • basic procedures for spelling irregular words,
  • spelling rules for 1-syllable words,
  • basic procedures for spelling multisyllabic words based on syllables (structural analysis),
  • spelling rules for adding suffixes (morphological principles).


Charlotte Andrist is a psychologist with Master’s Degrees in both Special Education and School Psychology, and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She began her career in education teaching struggling preschool and kindergarten students early literacy, math and language skills and is now retired from the faculty of Notre Dame College, where she began and directed the master’s in Reading and Reading Endorsement programs. She has trained 100s of teachers in evidence based literacy instruction including Direct Instruction, and is a Certified Master Trainer in the Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham Approach of structured literacy strategies. Charlotte is a former member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities and is currently Chair of the Ohio International Dyslexia Association Legislative Committee. Charlotte continues to present at regional and national conferences and to teach courses in literacy and dyslexia.

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