ERIC Number: ED263617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
One of a series dealing with current issues affecting language arts instruction, this paper focuses on spelling. The paper begins with the observation that when people complain that students cannot write, too often they mean that when the students do write, they misspell a few words. After noting that spelling improvement comes from using words in context, the paper explains that much of the confusion in the English spelling system can be accounted for in the history of the English language. Taking the classroom into consideration, the paper emphasizes that the most important thing about spelling is that it is something writers use. It also cautions that worrying about correct spelling may prevent writers from producing anything worthwhile. The paper concludes with suggested guidelines for spelling improvement. (HOD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) Starter Sheet, a publication of the NCTE/SLATE Steering Committee on Social and Political Concerns.