Spelling pronunciations: Transforming irregularity into regularity

Karin Landerl, Verena Thaler*, Pieter Reitsma

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    In a 10-day training, the efficacy of spelling pronunciations on German speaking 5th-graders' spelling skills for irregular words was examined. Poor spellers were less efficient in learning the spelling pronunciations than age-adequate spellers. On post-tests, 1 week after the last training day and between 5 and 12 weeks after post-test 1, poor and age-adequate spellers spelled significantly more words correctly than matched control groups that received a comparable training without spelling pronunciations. Thus, spelling pronunciations provide an efficient means for the build-up of stable, phonologically underpinned orthographic representations for irregular word spellings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)295-308
    Number of pages14
    JournalLearning and Instruction
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


    • Developmental dyslexia
    • Remediation
    • Spelling pronunciations


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