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All right or Alright?

According to Butler (2014), editor of the Macquarie dictionary, ‘all right’ is in the flux of change to ‘alright’, making it similar to already, also and always. Butler suggests that in the future ‘all right’ will be used to mean ‘all are correct’, like ‘already’ means ‘all are prepared’.  In contrast, ‘alright’ will be used […]

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Orthographic Mapping

The word ‘orthography’ is comprised of two Greek words: ‘Orthos’ meaning straight, right or correct and ‘graph’ meaning to write.  So, literally, orthography means writing correctly. In literacy, orthography refers to writing words with the proper letters in the correct order according to accepted usage. Orthographic knowledge includes an awareness of common letter patters that […]

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Develop High School Students’ Writing Skills

Effective writing is a necessity, not only for academic success, but also for active participation in our society.  Yet, many students are still leaving high school lacking proficiency in this skill. Graham and Perin (2007) investigated the current research to determine the best strategies for  improving high school students’ writing skills.  Teach students strategies for […]

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Clichés

Before computers, printing involved carving letters out of wooden  blocks, then dropping the blocks into metal to create a ‘stereotype’ from which to print.  The French word for this was ‘clicher’, a variant of ‘cliquer’ meaning ‘to click’. Some phrases or groups of words commonly go together, so instead of laboriously grouping single letters or […]

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Haitch or Aitch?

Which is correct – haitch or aitch? This is a continuous issue of discussion and even the spelling is questionable given that the ‘t’ before ‘ch’ usually only occurs after a short vowel (e.g., batch, stitch, crutch) and ‘ai’ is a long vowel sound. The ‘aitch’ is actually an accident of linguistic change.  The Latin […]

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