Article on Spelling in EFL - a Tagxedo cloud

Just discovered this lovely tool - Tagxedo . Here is a cloud of words from my article on spelling on The English Language Garden at .

Word cloud of Remedial Spelling in EFL by Johanna Stirling at
And here is an interactive version if you have Microsoft Silverlight (or want to get it).  Mouse over the words to highlight them. Click on them to look them up in a search engine (but not sure why you'd want to!).

Hope the spelling article's useful and you enjoy the Tagxedo.

How do texting and tweeting affect spelling? According to David Crystal.

I've just been watching this great video of David Crystal, English language expert, talking about the myths surrounding text messaging and tweeting (communicating via Twitter). It's well worth 30 minutes of your time. Particularly interesting points:
  • he says the more people text the better their literacy scores - you need to be able to spell well to be able to abbreviate that spelling,
  • he claims dyslexics are not good at texting,
  • teachers and examiners report that texting abbreviations are very rarely found in children's and young people's examination answers.

David Crystal - Texts and Tweets: Myths and realities

Or if you want to read more, see David Crystal's book Txting: the gr8 db8

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