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Teachars Cant Spel

It seems like poor spelling doesn’t stop with the students:

TEACHERS are filling lessons, report cards and letters home with errors, including SMS-style spelling, grammatical mistakes and misspelt spelling lists, parents have claimed.

A survey of 480 people about the literacy skills of the nation’s teachers found half thought the quality was poor.

More than 40 per cent had noticed spelling or grammatical errors on letters sent home from school and 35 per cent had seen mistakes in report cards and marked assignments.

Other parents claimed their child’s teachers lacked passion and skill, taught incorrect information and provided misspelt word lists for children to learn from. Some had even noticed teachers using SMS-style spellings, like l8r (later) and coz (because).

The “must do better” grading comes as the federal government reveals current teachers will be given specialist training to make sure future educators get better mentoring.Current and ex-teachers who took the survey were among those who complained about substandard quality, saying it was depressing.

One teacher from a state high school said many graduate teachers lacked a basic understanding of grammar, spelling and punctuation through their own schooling.

“It’s those 20-somethings who just missed out and I’m scared that they’re going to be teaching my kids,” she said.

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4 Responses to “Teachars Cant Spel”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    I wonder if Chinese teachers have problems with spelling. Where I teach English to foreign workers I once wrote my name tag in Korean. The Korean students all had a smirk on their faces. All I can say is that what I had written didn’t say “John”.

  2. Laura Says:

    I don’t think it’s a new problem, it’s just worse because the last generation of students didn’t have the same rigorous instruction in grammar and spelling that previous generations did. And there are more opportunities for teachers’ mistakes to be seen since so much of the communication between teachers and parents is done via email or other electronic means. I remember about 15 years ago my son came home with a spelling list made by is teacher. Of the 20 words in the list, 4 were misspelled. When I pointed that out, the teacher was nonchalant: “Oh, I’ve been using that list for years.”

  3. John Tapscott Says:

    With electronic communication, not all errors are due to poor spelling. Some of them are typographical errors. Here is an example “……a spelling list made by is teacher.” Can you see the typo? Another source of poor spelling is the fact that in the USA different spelling rules are adopted from those used in the UK and the Commonwealth nations. Because of rapid and frequent international communications people are confused about which is correct. Is it “humour” or “humor”? Is it “enrolment” or “enrollment”? There are different rules on each side of the Atlantic.

    As a teacher I have had to become proficient in deciphering correct non-phonetic spelling, incorrect phonetic spelling and plain ordinary spelling guesswork.

    Some examples are “mideswell”, as in “I mideswell go home as hang around here”, “metantatepi” as in “meat and potato pie”, and “penis” as in “I put my hand in my pocket and took out a few penis to pay my fare” and finally “The jockey flogged the sweating hores”, which I will leave to your imagination.

    Between creative writing and spelling there often has to be a trade-off because if you return creative writing to a children, full of red correction marks, it’s not long before you eliminate creative writing from your class.

    There is a very good argument for saying that schools, in their current form, are responsible for the demise of children’s natural creativity, and are in need, not of reformation but of transformation. I recommend the talk, by Sir Ken Robinson, at the website found through the following link:

  4. John Tapscott Says:

    Whoops! There is a typo in my comment above. Did anyone spot it?

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