All The More Reason


Je px ps écrir
February 10, 2007, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Language

Based on this article in Lemonde, students in France don’t spell as well as they used to. Very roughly speaking, 13 year–olds write at the level of 11 year–olds 20 years ago (this is based on groups in 1987 and 2005 writing the same dictée – I’m not certain about the ages of the grades involved). I’d love to know though what the level of writing was 60, 80 or 100 years ago. I suspect that if all 11 year–olds were tested 100 years ago, and not just those at school, there would be quite a few mistakes too.

J.S.

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