Australian teachers can't spell

None of a group of 39 Australian high school teachers who took a spelling test for 14-year-olds got all 11 spellings correct, a researcher revealed on Monday.

Australian teachers can't spell

None of a group of 39 Australian high school teachers who took a spelling test for 14-year-olds got all 11 spellings correct, a researcher revealed on Monday.

At the top of the class were five teachers who made only one mistake. One teacher got everything wrong and two could manage just two correct answers.

Researcher Denyse Ritchie said the results were typical and reflected the errors of modern English language teaching methods.

"Teachers are ignorant of the 44 sounds in English and all the spelling choices that make up those sounds," she told The Australian newspaper. "They have a very limited understanding of it."

The 11 words were exemplary, conscientious, embarrassing, subterranean, maintenance, adolescence, exaggerate, customary, miscellaneous, proprietor and substitute.

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