Learning Orthography (2003 - 2006)

Project Leader:

Ana Cristina Silva


Project's Summary:

The development of knowledge about orthographic systems is favoured by explicit verbalisations of orthographic rules (Morais et al., 1994). Also the practice of orthographic rules through the production of texts can led to metalinguistic analyses of the written words (Allal, 1997, 1999). This approach about the construction of orthographic representations is opposed to a traditional view based on the training of orthography by writing isolated words. Learning orthography in the context of discovery of rules, writing texts and revising them will be more efficient than traditional approaches (Allal, 1997, 1999). Participants will be 160 children of second year in primary school that make mistakes in orthographic rules, complexes syllables and grammatical morphemes. In order to select the children, we will ask them to writ a list of words (pre-test). The selected children will have a high frequency of written mistakes. They will be divided in 3 groups. The first experimental group will be submitted to an intervention training that includes analysing words and discussing the nature of the mistake and production of texts with the same kind of words. The second group will write the list of words which they had made mistakes. The third is the control group. In the pos-test the children will be invited to write down the initial list of words in order to evaluate the orthographic progresses.


Project’s aims:

This project aims to compare the efficiency of two training approaches to diminish the orthographic mistakes. One of the approaches includes metalinguistic reflection and textual production and revision of texts and the other only traditional activities of writing down list of words. The results of this investigation will make possible to establish more efficient pedagogical approaches to the construction of orthographic knowledge. It will have also positive effects on prevention learning difficulties at this level because the intervention programmes will take in account the linguistic nature of the orthographic mistake (orthographic rules, complexes syllables or grammatical morphemes).

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