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Friday, 9 July 2010

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A high number of "inconsistencies" in the way basic words are spelt makes it much harder for children to read and write at a young age, it is claimed.

Masha Bell, author and literacy researcher, will tell a conference of English teachers on Friday that sweeping reforms are needed to the spelling system to improve children's linguistic skills.

Above headline from online Daily Telegraph.

This means that all of those who studied their spelling lists and did well in spelling...read lots of books and became super readers and educated adults who 'earned' and 'landed' good jobs...have just been wasting their time.

Standards are going to be lowered to help more people "lern to reed and ryt proper so thay can get gud jobs and stay owt of jayl".

Would it not be easier to help these people learn to spell, read and write correctly? Much smaller classes and a hell of a lot more 'literate' teachers are needed. It is as simple as that!

If Masha gets her way they'll have to reprint all the dictionaries and there'll have to be different dictionaries for people with different area accents and dialects.

Masha.....we have standardized spelling in English for a reason. We cannot spell the way we speak...we all speak differently.

This writer has had this conversation many times whilst working in the field of Adult Literacy.

Leave the language alone! Spend time educating the people.

How do you think Korean and Chinese children feel when THEY first begin to read and write? Have YOU tried to read Korean or Chinese?

Masha - Get a grip. You just wanted your name in the paper and your book sales to go up.

Morrisons are discontinuing their pork sausages as they were found to contain beef. Beef sausages were found to contain pork - they too will be discontinued as this confused and upset Muslim and Hindu customers.

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