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Welcome to the Real Spelling™ Toolbox!

This is the online version of RealSpelling™, a rich and deep multimedia resource for those who would like to learn about (and perhaps teach) the way written English really works.

To get an idea of the resources available here, view our sample Theme, Learning from Love.

You can also get an idea of the scope of the 6 Kits in this Overview.

If you are interested and think this resource would be helpful, you can subscribe to the site, either annually or for the life of the site (and we have no idea how long that will be).

  • Annual subscription: €25. Each year when you renew, this price will increase as more Themes are added, until the final price will be €40/year.
  • Lifetime (of the site, not of you!): €250.

Please note the following important caveats -- PLEASE READ!

  • While we have tested this on several different computers, systems, and browsers, we cannot guarantee that it will work on every combination. Especially on older systems and computers, and of course the very outdated Internet Explorer, it may not work. Please test your setup on our sample Theme, Learning from Love, before you subscribe.
  • We have also tested it on some smartphones and tablets. If you plan to use them, please test it on your smartphone and/or tablet before purchase.
  • The site is in progress. It is not complete. Right now, Kit 1 (all themes), Kits 2A-B, Orthographic Phonology, and the 70 Matrices sections are complete. We will continue to add more Themes and other sections as fast as we can, but it is a very time consuming process, and will undoubtedly take at least a couple of years or more to complete. We will send notes to subscribers whenever a new section is added, probably at the rate of 1 or 2 per month. In the meantime, there are links to unfinished sections that just lead to a page that says that this page will be coming soon.
  • The multimedia resources include videos, sound files, images, and pdfs. Some of the pdfs are downloadable eBooks. Right now these eBooks should be readable, but the embedded media in them may or may not work on your computer/system/browser. We will be converting these eBooks to pages on the website soon, and in the meantime provide the pdf versions as-is as stopgaps until the web versions are done.

 

The Concept of a ‘Tool Box’

Real spelling resources are for scholarship, not pedagoguery

In the case of orthography — i.e., the cognitively-driven construction and reconstruction of sense and meaning — all of its conceptual elements operate in conjunction and simultaneously. It is, quite simply, impossible to confine real orthographic activity to one conceptual element.

This leads to why we call the real spelling resource a Tool Box. 

Any tool box is a set of tools that need to be used to perform a specific task. A good craftsman needs a full set of tools always at his disposal to deal with any need that might arise. The most important thing is that the tools be simply and readily - and all - available for any need as and when - and only when, of course,  - it does arise.

The tools will certainly be arranged, sorted and stored in a way that makes them easily accessible. That does not mean that every tool in the tool box must be used just because it is there. 

The current task in hand determines the tools, not the reverse. 

We happen to have a large monkey wrench in our tool box. We have never used it because the need for that particular tool has never arisen. But should that need arise, we have what we need - and we know exactly where to find it.

It would be absurd to assign a sequence of usage to tools: "The order of the drawers in my tool box is: 1. screwdrivers, 2. pliers and wrenches, 3. saws and drills...", therefore that is the order in which I must use them!" Imagine the absurd situation of needing to use a saw, but not being allowed to because, in an opinion that some “researcher” parades as fact, you are required to master the screwdriver, pliers and wrench first!

Real spelling resources are constructed to be in parallel with epistemological and cognitve verity, not channelled and packaged for the unidimensional production line of schooling delivery-line methods.

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