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Press release 2016-11-30

A new study out this week highlights the difficulties students have with English spelling

Research by the Cambridge Research Assessment, to be published on Wednesday 30th November, will detail a lack of overall improvement in the spelling of 16 year olds, and also point to some deterioration in the spelling used by GCSE students. 

Stephen Linstead, Chair of the English Spelling Society says: "The findings provoke little surprise within the English Spelling Society.  There is growing evidence that our uniquely unpredictable spelling system has economic and social costs.  It is also worth noting that English-speaking children take up to three years longer to master basic spelling than their European counterparts in their native language."

The Society asserts that there was no 'golden age' of English spelling, and the Cambridge Assessment  findings merely underline that students continue to have difficulty mastering English spelling due to its high degree of irregularity. 

Are we wasting our children's time and in some cases their life chances by obstinately clinging to our outdated spelling as if it was something of value?

Studies point to roughly one fifth of UK school-leavers being 'functionally illiterate'. There is a desperate need to address this problem as the costs to the individual and to society at large are immense.  

An  approach being actively considered by the English Spelling Society in cooperation with its sister organisation the American Literacy Council, is to try to open up the question of spelling reform to a wider audience by means of an International English Spelling Congress. For more information on the Congress please visit: www.spellingsociety.org

-- Stephen Linstead is available for interview and comment via vikki@presscontact.co.uk  07886673412

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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.

 

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