Launceston Church Grammar School invited teachers from around Tasmanian to delve deeper into the English language on Saturday.
The workshop was lead by orthography experts Lyn Anderson and Ann Whiting who have spent years teaching spelling and language systems around the world.
Both Ms Anderson and Ms Whiting use the 'inquiry method' which is a technique that involves breaking down words from visual, historical and verbal points of view to fully understand them.
"Every word has a story and an underlying structure that helps us understand how our words are spelled in English and how they have other words that are related to them, they're part of a family," Ms Anderson said.
"Words like design, assign, consignment and significant - even though these words are all pronounced differently they are part of an orthological family and they share this common base element of 'sign'."
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The workshop was part of Grammar's participation in the Primary Years Progamme which is an International Baccalaureate - a globally recognised primary and secondary school qualification.
"The critical part of this process is that we as educators need to understand how the orthography of our language works," Ms Whiting said.
"When you understand words and how they work and when you understand their stories from the past, you understand human thought and civilisation.
"Words can move us and grant us power."