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Teachers in America, British and American spelling?

Teachers in America, British and American spelling? Topic: English papers in france
June 25, 2019 / By Desmond
Question: Okay, I live in the U.S. However, I spell 'color' 'colour', 'gray' 'grey', and 'liter' 'litre', and whatnot. I know the way I spell it is British English, but it looks right to me, so I use it. If you were grading a paper, and grading on spelling, would you mark the way I spell it wrong?
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Benton Benton | 7 days ago
I am not an American teacher. I am a British teacher but may be able to contribute something here. Say, for example, you were studying in France. Then you would be expected to study in French. So, if you are in America, then you should study in American English because that is the language of the country. To us Brits it can be irritating that Americans develop their own spellings for words which have been spelt the British way for generations. Nevertheless we must recognise that American English does exist and you should try to conform to it whilst studying there. I think American teachers might penalise you otherwise. You certainly run the risk of irritating them. As a bit of fun why not start compiling a list of the differences in spelling as you encounter them.
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Benton Originally Answered: Is it true that people's grammar and spelling is so terrible because of foreigners? Teachers can't mark?
I have never heard that teachers cannot mark the papers of foreign-born students. Where did you hear that? The reason people's spelling and grammar are terrible is because no one reads anymore. To learn to spell, you must read. Everybody uses grammar all the time -- it's not optional -- it's the way we speak. People use bad grammar because they don't care. It has nothing to do with foreigners. Using 'text' writing and speech doesn't help either (to put it mildly).
Benton Originally Answered: Is it true that people's grammar and spelling is so terrible because of foreigners? Teachers can't mark?
Actually I don't believe that you can blame it on English Language Learners (ELL). I taught in Texas for 11 years in a system that is driven my their standardized testing. Writing and therefore, spelling and grammar, were only tested at 4th or 5th grade in elementary, 7th grade in Junior High, and as an exit exam in high school. Only math and reading are tested at every grade from 3rd on up. The TAAS and then the TAKS scores of the students are used in the evaluations of the teachers, principals, schools, and districts. Because of the need for high rates of passing students in math and reading, only math and reading are stressed in many classrooms. The curriculum is driven by the test. Spelling, punctuation, and correct writing is only stressed during the grades that there is a writing TAKS test. I have known of teachers who were taken to task for teaching History before the TAKS test because history was not tested on the TAKS that year, even though her job description was Language Arts/ Social Studies teacher. Also when I went to the first grade orientation for my granddaughter the Language Arts/Social studies teacher stated that she wouldn't teach much Social Studies until after the test in April. I have known teachers who were told that the test didn't contain one question about punctuation, and to focus on reading. I was also told that I cannot penalize students for misspelling words if I did not teach them that word. So don't blame ELL students, blame the system that places such inordinate importance on a limited standardized testing. After all you teach what is tested and the curriculum is driven by the test. Teachers can be forced to focus on a narrow curriculum by the demands of the state, school district, and principal.

Abijah Abijah
I'm American and the British spellings that are common here are centre, theatre, cancelled, and axe. I kinda wished we would spell 'meter' as 'metre' when referring to the unit of measurement. liter/litre goes either way. But I wished we used licence, offence, and defence (the latter 2 can keep their spellings when used in sports). The only British spelling w/ oe where the oe sound is obvious in the middle to me is manoeuvre, which we spell as maneuver. I don't say the oe sound in diarrhoea, because we spell it diarrhea. If I was a teacher, I won't mark you wrong for spelling color 'colour', gray 'grey' & liter 'litre'. I will mark you off if you are inconsistent (ie: anaemia, anesthesia or anemia, anaesthesia rather than anaemia, anaesthesia or anemia, anesthesia). Again, the key thing is to be consistent (colored neighborhood or coloured neighbourhood is fine not colored neighbourhood or coloured neighborhood).
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Silvia Silvia
I'm not sure what you're asking, but I spell it "litre", the French way. The metric system was invented in France.
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Silvia Originally Answered: How did loss our British accent in America?
Compared to other countries that was colonized by the British, the American accent is the one which has lost most of that British touch, as opposed to Australian accent, Indian English accent, etc. At least, it sounds that way for me and for other people who can not fully differentiate the differences of accents between those countries that form the United Kingdom ( and other countries that the British colonized for that matter). I believe it is because America became a melting pot of so many other races from different countries. And all that mixture came up with America's own new accent. The following was taken from WIKI: The use of English in the United States was a result of British colonization. The first wave of English-speaking settlers arrived in North America in the 17th century. Since then, American English has been influenced by the languages of the Native American population, the languages of European and non-European colonists, immigrants and neighbors, and the languages of slaves from West Africa. End Australia's new people were mainly from Great Britain, India's English came mainly from the British and spoken in India mainly by the same old native Indians and the British themselves. South Africa has that British touch because of the British invaders who slaughtered the region. Most of Africa speaks French, I believe. I could be wrong due to lack of more research but so far, this is what I know.

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