English spelling is broken. Let's fix it!

English spelling is broken. Examples like comb, bomb and tomb, or height and weight, abound. And no-one seems to know whether the down pipe from a gutter is a rone, a rhone, a roan or something else.

English spelling has been chopped and changed by countless scribes, printers, invaders and others since the Roman alphabet was first used to write Old English during the seventh century, and it does not match the way we speak today.  The English Spelling Society exists to repair our broken spelling.

In this website you can discover the past, present and future of English Spelling:

• Discover the amazing history of English spelling — how it came to be the way it is, and what happened to previous attempts to put it right.
• Find out just how crazy English spelling is today — and how much that costs in economic and social terms.
• See what The English Spelling Society is planning to do — and how you can help.

English spelling is broken. Together, we can do something about that.

Latest news

2017-04-26 — Imperatives Of Spelling Exercise In Schools More ►

2017-04-25 — ASU professor uses German language to help students with dyslexia More ►

2017-04-20 — Here's How British and American Spelling Parted Ways Why do Brits and Americans spell certain words differently? A colourful tale of dictionaries, politics, and national identity ensues here. More ►

2017-04-20 — Phonics works. New research suggests that sounding out words is the best way to teach reading More ►

2017-04-19 — Lack of English knowledge could spell trouble across industries More ►

2017-04-15 — America’s Uncivil War Over Words More ►

2017-04-13 — School moves from woe to go in literacy Educators in Australia are making impressive gains in literacy using phonics More ►

AGM

The 109th Annual General Meeting of the English Spelling Society will be held on Saturday 29th April 2017, 15.00 hours BST (14.00 hours GMT) in Birkbeck College, Bloomsbury, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX. Please inform the Society if you plan to attend, as space is limited.

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Did You Know:

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate  -  not able to read signs or fill out a job application.

 

Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.
FAMOUS ONES WHO WANTED TO IMPROVE
THE ENGLISH SPELLING SYSTEM
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles Darwin
  • Lord Tennyson
  • Mark Twain
  • Theodore Roosevelt

 

Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.