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to think English teachers should be able to spell?

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teenyweenytadpole Wed 03-Oct-12 22:19:54

DD is yr 7 so just started new school, just as background she is excellent at English, put forward for level 6 SATs (got a high 5 in the end which she was delighted with). Anyway I was looking through her school books and noticed her English teacher had commented "I liked how each sentence had some good descripsion" and then added "check to see theres no missing words". So poor spelling, poor grammar and poor punctuation! I am not very impressed but feel if I comment to the school it seems kind of petty. I just think it's a shame, English is DD's best subject and I would hope that she would be taught by teachers with a more impressive command of the language than this.

LindyHemming Wed 03-Oct-12 22:36:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MammaTJisWearingGold Wed 03-Oct-12 22:37:40

Correct it in red pen and return it wink

Cherriesarelovely Wed 03-Oct-12 22:41:43

I agree OP. It would get right up my nose.

CailinDana Wed 03-Oct-12 22:43:11

It would piss me off too. A teacher who can't spell is like a doctor who can't name the bones in the body - it's so bloody basic!

ilovesooty Wed 03-Oct-12 22:51:03

I agree that English teachers should be able to spell. However if you're going to criticise someone else's punctuation it might be a good idea to ensure that yours is faultless.

Brycie Wed 03-Oct-12 22:51:53

Yes I'm afraid you are if he or she is under forty.

Brycie Wed 03-Oct-12 22:53:11

Maybe I will be more generous and make that under thirty.

NellyJob Wed 03-Oct-12 22:56:24

YANBU, its teribel

TheSydenhamSet Wed 03-Oct-12 23:02:30

ilovesooty - disagree! OP's dd's english teacher is presumably a qualified professional, who is paid to teach English. I would expect his/her grammar, punctuation, spelling to be exemplary. OP, you have every right to be concerned (and I did not notice any problems with your english usage!).

JazzAnnNonMouse Wed 03-Oct-12 23:04:09

Why the ageism???

MrsWembley Wed 03-Oct-12 23:04:40

Speaking as an English teacher, I think that's appalling! shock

steppemum Wed 03-Oct-12 23:06:58

any othe teacher i mught be sympathetic, but an English teacher should know better.

red ink correction and send it back?

steppemum Wed 03-Oct-12 23:08:50

maybe teacher has typing issues too!!

ilovesooty Wed 03-Oct-12 23:26:34

ilovesooty - disagree! OP's dd's english teacher is presumably a qualified professional, who is paid to teach English. I would expect his/her grammar, punctuation, spelling to be exemplary. OP, you have every right to be concerned (and I did not notice any problems with your english usage!)

I agree absolutely that the English teacher has fallen well short of professional expectations, but I can't agree that there are no errors in the OP's post. If she's going to complain (as I agree she should) it will look much better if her own communication is faultless.

MissAnnersley Wed 03-Oct-12 23:35:22

I don't agree ilovesooty. It has nothing to do with the content of the OP, unless she is an English teacher too.

I would not be impressed if DS's primary school teacher couldn't spell, never mind an English teacher.

I think you would be scraping me off the ceiling.

ilovesooty Wed 03-Oct-12 23:42:02

Fair enough. I can agree to disagree.

I think we're all agreed that the teacher's performance isn't good enough though.

redwhiteandblueeyedsusan Wed 03-Oct-12 23:52:18

teachers make the occasional mistake... but one would have thought that the English teachers should have higher standards given that they are teaching the next generation.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 03-Oct-12 23:54:30

All teachers should make sure their spelling is correct.

Anyone who has read the new Ofsted framework will know that!

echt Thu 04-Oct-12 00:32:12

YANBU. I'd get right back to the teacher on this.

I get peeved at the well-nigh universal use of "there's" instead of "there are" in the spoken media, presumably where this teacher got it from.

PorkyandBess Thu 04-Oct-12 00:44:20

Shocking! If an English teacher can't grasp the basics, there is no hope.

How would you make your comments known though?

80sMum Thu 04-Oct-12 01:06:51

I don't think you should let this go without comment, OP. Your dd's education is at stake here. She has a right to expect the person who is teaching her English to be able to spell and to use the correct grammar. The errors made by this English teacher are disgraceful! I would find that standard of teaching unacceptable and would speak to the Head teacher about my concerns, if I were you.

Empusa Thu 04-Oct-12 01:20:05

My mum used to correct my old English teacher's corrections grin, I always wondered what on earth that particular teacher was doing in that subject of all subjects.

kickassangel Thu 04-Oct-12 01:25:55


Well. I have worked with teachers of English who are dyslexic. For any 'official' things they check and double check to make sure that they get it right, but hand written things often go unchecked.

Also - spelling etc is something that is obvious but not essential. It is perfectly possible to communicate effectively even if you're a poor speller. English is about a lot more than spellings. In fact, spelling is a relatively minor part of the skill set used. Spelling, grammar etc evolve constantly, so although knowing what is the accepted norm is a good thing, it doesn't exactly set you up for life, as what is
'correct' will gradually change.

fwiw, I would assume that a math teacher would know the time tables faultlessly, but if they had to stop and think, or slipped up on one in an informal situation, then I wouldn't write off the years of A Levels and degree and post-grad training that they had, just because of it. If they constantly made mistakes, even when delivering a key learning point I would complain, but not for a couple of minor slips when they are probably working late with 30 or 60 books to get through.

lovebunny Thu 04-Oct-12 04:30:48

explain to your child that people make mistakes, and give her the correct version. at parents' evening - there might be one early in the year for transition pupils - gently ask the teacher about it. this will make her aware and give him/her the opportunity to explain, if there is a particular problem with spelling.

alternatively, see the head of year or house, the lead-learner, academic mentor or even the form tutor about your concerns.

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