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SpellBites 2.


1 Dec 2005. Independent review of the teaching of early reading interim report. Jim Rose.
Department for Education and Skills: The Standards Site.
27. It is generally accepted that English is harder to learn than many other languages, because the relationship between sounds and letters is more complex than in languages such as Finnish, Greek or German.

30 Oct 2005. Trafford Publishing. The Future of Fonics: Spelling and Literacy. Isobel Raven.
... The Future of Fonics examines ... the potential of spelling reform to bring about literacy for all.

21 Oct 2005. Times Educational Supplement. Masha Bell.
Spelling reform could be easy as shedding A, B or C. ...a few dozen key words would make an enormous difference to children's reading.

21 Oct 2005. 'Death of dyslexia' conference. London.
Workshop: 'Hurdles on the road to literacy' by Masha Bell.
... the inconsistencies of English spelling make learning to read more difficult than need be, and much more difficult than most European languages.

21 Oct 2005. The Seoul Times.
English pronunciation and spelling are particularly difficult. It's no wonder that spelling is a basic school subject in English-speaking countries while it does not exist in Italian, Spanish, and other relatively phonetic languages.

20 Oct 2005. Zé do Rock wins another prize.
it is my 5th prize - for my 3 books, all ritten in simplifyed spelling.

16 Oct 2005. Australian Style conference. Valerie Yule.
Paper: Pronunciation guides in children's dictionaries. How can learners find out from dictionaries how to pronounce new vocabulary they find in reading?

10 Oct 2005. Christchurch Times. SSS member Allan Campbell.
Call for New Zealand to lead spelling reform. Spell 4 Literacy wants English spelling overhauled.

7 Oct 2005. Times Educational Supplement. Spelling. Excerpts.
It takes 2.5 years on average for children working in English to master basic literacy, while children in most other countries achieve this within a year of starting school. ... Is reform an option?

28-29 Sep 2005. OECD-CERI Learning sciences and brain research.
Countries with deep orthographies might possibly begin to consider the political and societal feasibility of implementing orthographic reforms.

12 Sep 2005. Monash Journal. Book revew. Spells and MISSPELLS. SSS member Valerie Yule.
Valerie Yule says the English language itself is to blame for poor spellers.

1 Sep 2005. Eastbourne Herald. Book revew. Spells and MISSPELLS. SSS member Valerie Yule.
This book laughs at the spelling. there are so many inconsistencies in the English language.

19 Aug 2005. Western Catholic Reporter, Canada. Excerpts.
Spelling - from a child's perspective.
It's so easy when you spell words just like they sound. By Lisa Petsche.

19 Aug 2005. The Bournemouth Daily Echo online.
'Spelling should be easier'. SSS member, Masha Bell.

11 Aug 2005. The Star, Malaysia.
The ouch in -ough. If it's not the spelling, it's the pronunciation. Of words containing -ough, Burchfield remarks in his understated way that they "pose occasional problems even for native speakers". Indeed.

10 Aug 2005. Turlock Journal, CA, USA. Ed Brault.
Who decided to spell "yacht" and "colonel" in such a bizarre manner? "Yawt" and "kernel" make more sense.

10 Jul 2005. Bonzer. Book revew. Spells and MISSPELLS. SSS member Valerie Yule.
The way we spell is not set in concrete. Yet no-one ever told us that it was possible to change the way we spell words.

8 Jul 2005. BBC News on-line.
Dr Murdoch ... estimates that two billion people around the world want to learn or improve their English.

8 Jul 2005. Times Educational Supplement.
Finland ... top performers in international tests.
Reading is a special time in Annika Liski's class at Ilolan Koulu, a primary school near Helsinki. ... Within a term of starting school at age seven, all Ms Liski's pupils are reading.

8 Jul 2005. The Hindu, online edition.
'Going to catch ghoti,' he said... Wonder what it could be...?!

24 Jun 2005. The Times. Purrfect spelling.
Inglish orthograffy is a wierd cemetary of sibboleths.
Radicles would call the hole mess off, and supercede it with fonetic spelling.

May 2005. Sounds, symbols and spellings. Book by SSS member Adam Brown.
...the English spelling system is perhaps the worst example of an alphabetic system in existence.

29 May 2005. Spelling Bee picket. Washington DC. ALC & SSS members.

15 May 2005. The Sunday Telegraph.
Incorrect spelling will be not be penalised in English tests.
Examiners marking an English test taken by 600,000 14-year-olds have been told not to deduct marks for incorrect spelling on the main writing paper, worth nearly a third of the overall marks.

1 May 2005. English words and their Spelling. Elaine Miles. Whurr.
However, a priority must be to consider the children learning to read, and therefore to try changes to some of the spellings which cause problems in their first years.

13 Apr 2005. The Toronto Star. SSS member Niall Waldman.
April 15, 1755, was the date that Dr. Samuel Johnson released to the world his famous Dictionary of the English Language. See also comments about Johnson in SSS literature and Bulletins

7 Apr 2005. UK Parliament. Report on the teaching of reading.
"... it seems that at present around 20% of eleven-year-olds are not reading at an age-appropriate level".

30 Mar 2005. USA. English Orthography (If That's What You Call It)
It has already been done in many languages.

25 Mar 2005. Times Educational Supplement.
The Duchess of York has revealed that Princess Beatrice, her elder daughter is dyslexic. The duchess said she thought she was a "little bit" dyslexic herself. When asked what her [own] worst spelling was, she replied: "It's something like 'psychological'. I don't know whether 'psy' is spelled 'si'".

5 Mar 2005. Breaking The Spell by Diane Sandford.
The English language has the worst system of spelling of any major language. Since English spelling is so hard, it is used as a test, a rather unfair test, of a person's carefulness and literacy. Check every word that looks phunny.

3 Mar 2005.
According to Niall McLeod Waldman, the English language has "the worst alphabetic spelling system in the world,".... In "Spelling Dearest: The Down and Dirty, Nitty-Gritty History of English Spelling" (now available through AuthorHouse), he offers an irreverent, witty explanation of what went wrong.

21 Feb 2005. The Washington Post. Why Stevie kan't spel.
"Did you know they don't really have such a thing as misspelling in Italy, Spain, Portugal and other countries with a more straightforward orthography?"

19 Feb 2005. Dallas Morning News. Spelling out the difficulties.
It's not that there are no rules in English spelling. There are many - and almost as many exceptions.

20 Jan 2005. New Zealand. Spelling changes sought.
Masha Bell: English derived its spelling from the whims of illiterate and non-English-speaking printers in the 15th century who inserted letters randomly in early books.

8 Jan 2005. Sydney Morning Herald.
Consider how the paucity of written vowel symbols in the Roman alphabet - A, E, I, O, U - impacts on how we represent them graphically. From "oo" we get "flood", "good", "goose" and "poor". And "laugh" and "caught" render risible any serious statement about English spelling.

7 Jan 2005. Times Educational Supplement. Letters. Hed for hights?
Christopher Jolly. As adults we need to be willing to accept as alternative forms such spellings as friend/frend, they/thay, height/hight, believe/beleve, and head/hed.

Older quotations discovered during 2005.

1983. SSS News. Richard Lung.
"Lloyd-George often said that if English were as well spelt as Welsh it would become the world language overnight."

"One study worked out that in English there are 13.7 spellings per sound."

14 March 1947. Tribune magazine. GEORGE ORWELL, "As I Please".
"Our existing spelling system is preposterous."

9 Dec 1907. Mark Twain. "The Alphabet and Simplified Spelling."
"If we had a sane, determinate alphabet, instead of a hospital of comminuted eunuchs..."

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