22nd July 05:00
Is spelling over rated?
Sure correct spelling is good practice, but is it needed to communicate what
"Aoccdnig to rscheear at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht
oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist
and lsat ltteers are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and
you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed
ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.
"Teachers could lighten up a little and allow more leeway for phonic
spelling", Roz McCarthy, senior lecturer in neuropsychology at Cambridge
[from The Age 3/11/2003]
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