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“Dirty 30” – most misspelt (or misspelled) words at GCSE #1


NEw book coming in January! That Spelling Thing – lessons and resources for classroom teachers in secondary, college, adult education and upper primary.



At That Reading Thing (despite our name) we believe every single secondary teacher, no matter what their subject, should have an easy to implement strategy for spelling in their classroom. A good strategy should capitalize on what students already know and remove the need for remembering every word by sight.

Our unofficial motto is No More Look Cover Write Check! and we mean if from the bottom of our hearts.

According to Professor Greg Brooks, the English code behaves predictably 77% of the time. The “Dirty 30” list – even though it’s comprised of words that area apparently very difficult to spell – has a 73/27 split between predictable and more tricky spellings.

Post #2 and Post #3 talk about those in more detail.






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