I teach English as a Second Language. English spelling and vocabulary give students a lot of trouble and are sources of great stress. Spelling and vocabulary can be thought of as two different skill sets yet are also intertwined. I used this in class, and I think it could be useful in either a unit on spelling or in a unit on vocabulary. I also think that it is something students will relate to and connect with, “Yes, English spelling is crazy!” I think this is a great attention getter. This video takes the viewer through the story of the word “doubt” and explains why there is a silent “b” in the word. The illustration is clear and interesting. The video is a great length at just over three minutes.
I used this video in EAP1620 this week when we were working on vocabulary in context, focusing on roots as well as prefixes and suffixes.