Why does spelling matter?
In an age of automatic spellcheckers, some people might think that the importance of having a strong grasp of spelling has diminished. The truth is that spelling is just as, if not more, important than ever. With the job market and higher education admission becoming increasingly competitive, being able to produce well-written CVs, cover letters, applications and essays is crucial, and spelling may be the difference between landing that dream job or being accepted on to the ideal degree programme and being rejected. In fact, a survey of UK employers which was conducted in 2015 revealed that 37% were unhappy with the standards of English and literacy among high school and university graduates.
Besides, spellcheckers don’t usually pick up on grammatical misspellings – think “I cot a cold” vs. “I caught a cold” as an example.
Spelling at Supermaths
Each week, students of the Supermaths English programme are given a list of 24 spelling words to memorise as part of their homework. These words are selected based on errors made in the previous week’s homework as well as words with a common feature, such as silent letters or containing a short vowel sound. The following week, the students are given a spelling test to determine how effectively they have studied their spelling list. A score out of 24 is awarded and the students and their parents are informed of which words require further practice.