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i want to make a thesis research on the topic of "spelling problems of the students" .Many students have confusion like letter \ leter ,,,,, spealing \ spelling ,,,,, little \ littel,,,,,,* slotuion \ solution* .Is this a fault of teachers or the student's memorization problem? What should the solution?

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In my opinion this is, unfortunately, the fault of the student, and also off-topic on this site. – Jim Feb 26 '13 at 6:33
Did your teachers not tell you that "I" is always spelled in upper-case? – J.R. Feb 26 '13 at 9:25

To me, three of these are obviously incorrect. I reached that conclusion on the basis of heuristics:

  • A doubled consonant is a clue that the vowel before it is short, not long. So "leter" implies a long "e" as in "completer", and is obviously not the correct spelling for the word letter.

  • "ea" is usually pronounced with a long "e" as in "tea", "seat". I would expect "spealing" to rhyme with "stealing", and therefore it is not the correct spelling for the word "spelling".

  • "tion" is a very common ending for Latin-derived nouns. "uion" is extremely rare in English, there may be none.

  • "slo" sounds like the start of "slow", nothing like the word "solution". Maybe speakers of other languages are not used to running together "s" and "l", but in English "sl" is pronounced quite distinctly from "sol", so "sluice" and "solution" sound different, even at the beginning of the words.

So with some experience and knowledge of English, you can and should develop heuristics. I would say three of the four are obvious misspellings. The only one that is harder to spot is "littel". I agree with Jim's comment that a person literate in English should be able to pick these. If someone is struggling with these, or at least three of the four, and does not have an impairment like dyslexia, they need to work and practise, and a teacher can't do that for a student.

Learning spelling isn't just a matter of memorizing huge word lists. Look for patterns. While English is notorious for inconsistent spelling, that does not mean there are no patterns at all, quite the opposite.

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I agree; this question might seem more reasonable if the misspellings were more viable, like guidance vs guidence, or laterally vs latterally. – J.R. Feb 26 '13 at 9:23

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