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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.

Elizabeth Kuizenga

Elizabeth Kuizenga, a long standing member of the Society and of its Committee, died on Christmas Day 2016 after a long battle with cancer. We offer our sincere condolences to all her family. This page is devoted to her memory and in recognition of her major contribution to the cause of spelling reform.

Recent additions

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

2019-07-13 — MTN sponsors first ever Lagos State Private Schools Spelling Bee competition More ►

2019-07-12 — Maths and spelling tests for trainee teachers 'will be scrapped in an attempt to boost numbers of staff' Currently trainees must pass national tests before being qualifying as teachers. More ►

2019-07-12 — Advising Others to Take Your Advice This week, we answer a question from Ali in Iran. More ►

2019-07-12 — It Might Be Time to Update the Old ‘Alfa-Bravo-Charlie’ Spelling Alphabet But it’s hard to break old habits. More ►

2019-07-10 — From rabbits to gonorrhea: “clap” and its kin More ►

2019-07-10 — They want to end this toxic testing'- Teachers pushing for tests for 11-year-olds to be scrapped Teachers in Norfolk think SATs for 10 and 11-year-olds need to be scrapped and replaced with a new system which is less stressful for pupils and teachers. More ►

2019-07-10 — TV firm looking for adults who can't read for new documentary Do you know someone who would like to learn to read or write? More ►

2019-07-09 — Why your child's Sats matter – and why they don’t Are Sats a good way to assess progress in reading and maths or too much pressure on young children? More ►

2019-07-08 — Māori loanwords enrich Twitter How many basic Māori words do you know the meaning of? More ►

2019-07-07 — Why Ukraine is changing the spelling of its capital More ►

2019-07-07 — Ambitious Derby girl spells her way to podium in national competition Her dad said he was over the moon. More ►

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How to use the News archives

Articles are presented as year archives of summaries, in reverse chronological order (ie latest first). Each summary ends with a citation which links to the original full article. Links to the year archives are given below. The number in parentheses is the summary count for that archive.

You can also use a citation to link directly to a specific summary in a year archive. For example, the following link takes you directly to Readable English system a boost for foreign students and opens it in a new window:

http://spellingsociety.org/news-archive-2016#[The_Australian, 2016-03-19]

Note that articles dated before 2010 are bundled into one page, and links must be modified accordingly.

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