Spelling success can be short-term

19th April 1996 at 01:00
I am sure that teachers nationwide will be chastened and enlightened, as I was, by Brenda Leonard's article. Her practice of marking her students' mistakes and handing the work back with an explanation was a revelation to me after 25 years of teaching.

The common errors referred to by Ms Leonard, which her students make at the beginning of their course, quite obviously result from their previous teachers' failure to remedy those faults in "11 years of compulsory education".

However, while the dramatic improvement which Ms Leonard and her colleagues achieve deserves approval, I would add a note of caution.

Many students, through a combination of factors such as below-average ability or low concentration levels or motivation, seem to have difficulty retaining the simplest of facts, no matter how conscientiously they have been taught.

Thus, when Ms Leonard's students eventually go to work and some sanctimonious employer berates the failure of their national vocational qualifications teachers to eradicate simple, basic English errors, she will quite justifiably be immensely irritated.

GRAHAM GRIFFITHS 25 Parliament Street Bury Lancs

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now