11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Useful, unique - a very different dictionary,
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This review is from: ACE Spelling Dictionary (Paperback)
The Aurally Coded English method of listing words in a dictionary works by listing words under the initial short or long vowel sounds within those words and by listing these words under the number of syllables they contain - monosyllabic words with the same initial vowel sounds are grouped together, two-syllable words with the same initial sounds are grouped together and so on. Sounds confusing? It isn't, but it is a very different way of checking the spelling of words.
This method really makes dictionary users think about the sounds within words, working hard on the important skill of phonic recognition. Counting syllables within words can be hard to master for some - I use the hand under chin method with students who can feel their chin 'drop' as they say each syllable correctly.
It's important to ensure that students understand how to use the Dictionary before they try to use it - it is so different that if this step is rushed they may become discouraged when they discover that they are struggling to understand the method.
The dictionary contains a useful list of commonly misspelt words as well as 16,000 entries of commonly used words.
Amazon also has available a useful book of photocopiable exercises for use with the ACE dictionary (see my separate review).