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Spelling is mentioned in the news articles somewhere in the world every few days. The News pages aim to capture these articles as a matter of record and of interest.

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These are usually the newest items by publication date, but items of historic interest are occasionally added.

2021-08-09 — 6-year-old Indian girl creates world record by reciting 10 longest English words Praanvi Gupta displays awesome word power and enters the International Book of Records. More ►

2021-08-06 — Why is the English language so weird and inconsistent? Blame the printing press. More ►

2021-07-29 — Why our kids can’t read: it’s the ideology, stupid English teaching underwent a dramatic and far-reaching revolution in the late 1960s and early 1970s. More ►

2021-07-28 — North-south divide no more! Scientists reveal how pronunciation of words in south-east England have been slowly replacing those in north for decades... with everyone set to talk the same in 45 years. More ►

2021-07-26 — Typos, tricks and misprints Why is English spelling so weird and unpredictable? Don’t blame the mix of languages; look to quirks of timing and technology. More ►

2021-07-26 — Phonemic awareness and phonics for learners of every age More ►

2021-07-25 — Universities will be forced to deduct marks for poor written English in students' work and will face tough sanctions if they don't Universities will be required to teach students 'relevant skills under proposals. If 'students not penalised for poor written English' institutions would break rules. It also says that universities may be in breach of their registration conditions. More ►

2021-07-23 — First Black student wins 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Dr. Jessica Johnson - Guest Column More ►

2021-07-21 — The decay of the art of lying, or homonyms and their kin More ►

2021-07-21 — Salt Spring Literacy Summer Camp Begins July 26 More ►

2021-07-20 — What a ride it’s been for spelling bee champion Zaila Avant-garde She traveled cross-country, has been on all the morning shows, to Walt Disney World and in parades. More ►

2021-07-18 — Zaila Avant-garde Talks About How She Came To Her Spelling Success Zaila Avant-garde, the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, talked about how she got started in competitive spelling and what she has planned for the future. More ►

2021-07-16 — I Ran The Classroom Spelling Bee For 20 Years. Here’s What Needs To Change. Zaila Avant-garde should not be the exception. More ►

2021-07-14 — Teach phonics in schools to help students master English Three generations of citizens have graduated from our high schools with substandard spelling ability and weaknesses in writing ability. By now, most teachers grounded in phonics have retired. More ►

2021-07-11 — Zaila Avant-garde – 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champ – stands where Black children were once kept out When Zaila Avant-garde, 14, won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee on July 8, 2021, she became the first Black American to win in the competition’s history. Shalini Shankar, a scholar of spelling bees, breaks down the importance of this historical moment. More ►

2021-07-10 — The reading framework: teaching the foundations of literacy Guidance for schools to meet existing expectations for teaching early reading. More ►

2021-07-09 — Zaila Avant-garde, 14, becomes first Black US student to win Scripps National Spelling Bee Zaila also holds three Guinness world records for basketball dribbling, and says ‘spelling is really a side thing I do’ More ►

2021-07-09 — First African American spelling bee champ breezes to win Zaila Avant-garde, 14, from Harvey, Louisiana celebrates with the championship trophy after winning the finals of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Disney World Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. More ►

2021-07-09 — Zaila Avant-garde won the national spelling bee, but that wasn’t her first real victory The 14-year-old is also a Guinness World Record holder. More ►

2021-07-08 — Programming Note: Plano Middle Schooler Is a Finalist in National Spelling Bee The Scripps Spelling Bee has come down to 11 talented kids, including Dhroov Bharatia, a seventh grader from Wilson Middle School in Plano. More ►

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How to use the News archives

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