- For Teachers
The Simplified Spelling Society recently had a discussion with Professor Vivian Cook about whether English spelling should be simplified. English spelling is chaotic, but I found the society's arguments weak.
The decision of Ms Bell from the society to write her answers only partly using simplified spelling made her argument seem unconvincing; if it's such a good way of writing, why has she not adopted it totally? Also, some of the spellings are not particularly regular themselves, like 'butiful' for 'beautiful'.
Apart from the huge costs that would be involved in changing texts, it is the parochiality of their view that stands out. I see little point in teaching British learners to write 'munny' for 'money' as it would just put them at a disadvantage later when communicating with the rest of the world. English is so international that it is pointless to imagine that such reforms could be achieved without far wider recognition, and their desire to make these changes smacks of a terribly outdated view of ownership of the language without any regard to the actual globalised context.