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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.

2019-10-15 — 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 ►

2019-10-08 — App endgame: Detect dyslexia earlier Dyslexia makes reading a struggle for millions of people, but the learning disability is rarely diagnosed before age seven.More ►

2019-10-06 — Why we should teach spelling patterns to pre-readers If we teach spelling patterns to children at an early age, studies suggest a benefit vocabulary acquisition.More ►

2019-10-06 — Reading, writing and readability—appreciating Rudolph Flesch More ►

2019-10-04 — How does phonics work for Papua New Guineans? More ►

2019-10-03 — The Inuit agree on a common writing system A boost to a threatened language group. More ►

2019-10-03 — English Department of Stamford organises Spelling Contest 2019 More ►

2019-10-02 — They say 'ain't' ain't a word! More ►

2019-09-30 — The Cheshire towns and villages with names that non-locals always pronounce wrong There are a few tongue twisters in our county. More ►

2019-09-10 — Spelling tips for journalists More ►

2018-07-06 — Philip Pullman attacks 'monstrous' English education policy The His Dark Materials novelist says current ‘fetish’ for exams is unnecessary and could ruin children’s lives. 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.

The Society cannot guarantee that the original articles are still available. Some articles are behind pay walls or are available only by subscripton. The Society is not responsible for this and cannot help you if you have difficulty accessing the article. Dead links are another matter: please report any dead links to the page editor.

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