Sunburst Media for Language Learners


Books (with Audio CDs, DVDs)
English for Child Care

English for Child Development
Basic Everyday Spelling
Kiss Your Accent Goodbye
Murder at Ocean View College
Phrase by Phrase Pronunciation

Practical Everyday Spelling

Software—Online Learning
Pronunciation Power

Card Games, Board Games
Homophone Cards
Look in the Lake Pronunciation Cards
Phonics Bingo Cards
Rhyming Words Cards

Teacher Training
Pronunciation DOs and DON'Ts
Using Your Hands to Teach Pronunciation


Marsha Chan's Presentations and free learning materials

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2013 Best of Sunnyvale Award

Everyday Spelling




by Elaine Kirn

Best spelling books for teens and adult learners!

These two workbooks are excellent for helping secondary and adult new readers and students of English as an additional language learn English vocabulary and spelling patterns. You will learn to pronounce printed words with audio support, spell common words, and make "educated guesses" in looking up the spellings of unfamiliar words. Here are some of the exercises that will help you acquire the sound-symbol (phonics) patterns of the American English spelling system:

  • Vocabulary-building activities
  • Error correction
  • Word games
  • Dictations
  • Stories

Both books (two levels) include review lessons, progress tests, and hundreds of illustrations, making them useful as "picture dictionaries. Exercise and activity types appeal to both visual and auditory learners. The activities provide not only useful instruction, but aslo enjoyment and fun.

Basic Everyday Spelling Workbook contains one-syllable words with predictable and very common alternate spellings

  • Sounds, Symbols, & Letters
  • Short Vowels
  • Long Vowels (with Letter Combinations)
  • Long Vowels (with Final e)
  • Review of Short & Long Vowels
  • Consonants
  • Other Vowel Sounds
  • Review of Vowels & Consonants
  • More Consonant Spellings
  • Combinations of Consonants
  • Summary of Consonants
  • Review of Vowels & Consonants 
  • Progress Tests A, B, C, D
  • Final Test                         .

Practical Everyday Spelling Workbook reviews the patterns presented in the previous book. Other chapters cover exceptional spellings, homophones, compound and multisyllable words, vowels before, and silent consonants.

  • Symbols for sounds
  • Review of vowels & consonants
  • More vowel spellings
  • Exceptional vowel spellings
  • Homophones
  • Review of vowels & consonants
  • Compound words
  • Multi syllable words-vowel
  • Multi syllable words-consonants
  • Review of multi-syllable words
  • Vowels before r, silent consonants
  • Review of vowels & consonants
  • Progress Tests A, B, C,D
  • Final test



View some pages from both books!