...but apparently they also need to be taught that "essay" is a word, & not the abbreviation SA (what they think SA stands for goodness knows!)
(my informant is a secondary school English teacher - we got into this via a discussion about whether anymore is a single word or not. Of course it is in some contexts, but some spellchecks don't like it, & she's wondering now whether it's safer to try to steer them away from the single word altogether)
the language is evolving, and so alot may become part of the language, depends on whether it is regarded as common usage! albeit, altogether etc... have evolved otherwise we would still be speaking in ye olde..... PS where is the complete English language defined?