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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.

2019-11-11 — Why every child needs explicit phonics instruction to learn to read Phonics allows children to read nonsense words, such as ones found in Dr Seuss books. More ►

2019-11-11 — Fun with rhymes and word play helps children learn to read Isn’t it weird that some words don’t rhyme that look like they should, like wood and food? More ►

2019-11-09 — What’s the different [sic] between ‘while’ and ‘whilst’? More ►

2019-11-06 — The Oxford English Dictionary, like the English language, is all about change The great lexicographers understood that a worthy dictionary was descriptive, not prescriptive. It would simply record what we’ve already agreed upon socially. More ►

2019-11-04 — How often does Trump misspell words on Twitter? These researchers have an answer More ►

2019-10-31 — Why mistakes matter How errors show the learning gaps in #phonics for functional skills More ►

2019-10-31 — Spelling Bee competition More ►

2019-10-30 — Multi-talented students head to national Spelling Bee Final More ►

2019-10-30 — A $1bn spell-checker is no match for a skilled proofreader Donald Trump’s proclivity for typos has look of predictive text gone wrong. More ►

2019-10-28 — MP with dyslexia hits back at 'spelling police' Labour MP Peter Kyle has asked social media users who call him "thick" over his writing mistakes to go easy on him as he is "living with acute dyslexia". More ►

2019-10-23 — Understanding The Doughnut vs. Donut Debate More ►

2019-10-22 — Spelling war erupts on the Red Line More ►

2019-10-21 — Many paths to reading Preschoolers happily absorbing anything and everything - and it's a great time to get them interested in reading, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro.More ►

2019-10-21 — Kyiv not Kiev: Why spelling matters in Ukraine’s quest for an independent identity More ►

2019-10-20 — Trump’s bad spelling isn’t the problem; it’s that he’s too lazy to care More ►

2019-10-19 — “La Traviata,” “like a bird on the wire” More ►

2019-10-16 — So what if President Trump can’t spell? Inability to spell is as irrelevant as hand size in terms of the harm he’s doing the nation. More ►

2019-10-15 — Do you spell it ‘theater’ or ‘theatre’? Who cares? Just go and see a show. More ►

2019-10-15 — Travelled vs. Traveled: Which Is Correct? Writing that out-of-office email and trying to decide on the correct spelling of traveling vs. travelling? Here's when to use a double "l."More ►

2019-10-11 — Bracknell Forest children with English as mother tongue lag behind classmates in reading test CHILDREN in Bracknell with English as a mother tongue are falling behind their classmates in reading tests, figures reveal. More ►

2019-10-09 — Finding upends theory about the cerebellum's role in reading and dyslexia 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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