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"Rosalie B." <gmbeasley(a)mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> My niece is considering sending her child to private school because
> they don't have spelling in the her son's class. The reason given is
> that some people in the class are not native English speakers. Does
> that reason make sense to anyone? It doesn't to me.

It doesn't make sense. I don't think you'll convince the school that,
though.

Of all children who need to learn how to spell, it would be the non-native
speakers, since they likely have little exposure to writing English at home.
If they don't learn it at home and at school, where would they learn it?

From: Clisby on
Rosalie B. wrote:
> My niece is considering sending her child to private school because
> they don't have spelling in the her son's class. The reason given is
> that some people in the class are not native English speakers. Does
> that reason make sense to anyone? It doesn't to me.
>
> I never learned to spell until I learned to type because up to then I
> didn't read the individual letters in the word (I was taught the whole
> word method rather than phonics). But with all the texting etc that
> goes on, spelling seems to be almost irrelevant.
>
> My sister (whose grandchild this is), is a newspaper editor and she is
> mentoring a freshman student at one of the Ivy League schools. She
> says he has several times he has misspelled a word (college) but in
> misspelling it, he has spelled another word correctly (collage), and
> of course a spell checker doesn't pick that up. She asked if
> spelling was just not taught anymore.
>
>
>
My 2nd-grader is taught spelling as part of vocabulary lessons. That
is, he doesn't just get a list of words to spell. Most weeks, he's
assigned a few pages in a vocabulary workbook - each lesson focuses on
10 words. There's always a short reading comprehension piece that
includes all the words; then there are activities like answering a few
questions about the story; a crossword puzzle or word search; questions
like "Which of these 4 words doesn't fit with the others?" At the end
of the week, he gets a spelling test on those 10 words. If he turns in
written work with a misspelled word, the teacher notes it - at this age,
it doesn't matter from a grade standpoint, though.

Clisby