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SRA director slates trainees’ English

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  • WEV

    OMG grmmR is like so L8m.

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  • Inglish

    I'm ok because I can speak and write Inglish gooder than anyone else at my furm

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  • Conjugate!

    Good, gooder, goodest.

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  • Poor Standard of English

    I personally agree with Liz McAnulty, that the standard of English is unacceptably poor. Thinking of the candidates we see for Training Contracts, it appears to be getting worse each year. I'm not certain though that a Foundation Course is necessarily the right course of action. It seems to me that poor spelling and grammar is a generational issue, and needs to be tackled far early in the education process.

    It strikes me that the candidates are over reliant on computerised spell checking and that common errors, and frequently Americanisms, are not being corrected and that the candidates may not even be aware of their own errors.

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  • Education

    At risk of going over the same old ground that is so often debated in this arena, a large contributor to the poor standard of grammar is the post-1960s inheritance that is the idea of grammar being 'elitist'.

    For this reason, formal teaching of grammar was dropped from the national curriculum (to the astonishment of overseas observers). The effect of this was to widen rather than narrowing the gap between the elite (who go to private schools where they carried on teaching grammar) and those in state schools subject to the whims of naive policy makers.

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  • Pot-kettle?

    "The effect of this was to widen rather than narrowing the gap". Hmmm.

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  • Physician heal thyself...

    This would be the same SRA who sent a letter to a trainee about to qualify with the words 'You may now apply to be admitted to the ROLE". I know many of us are frustrated actors but really...people in glass houses...

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  • Too little, too late?

    My LPC provider teaches a legal writing module. We are even provided with the Oxford Guide to Plain English! I have mixed feelings about the module. Certain elements are useful for some students; for example, letter writing; preparing memos; file notes; etc. However, we have also been asked to complete a spelling test; provided with information on grammar, punctuation and syntax. In that context at least, I would suggest it is too little too late!

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  • Spelling for lawyers!

    Gotta love this article. My very well educated attorney son, well placed in corporate law, advised me several times in a personal email regarding my financial assets how I should handle my "Idel Funds". With no immediate response to my inquiry about just what these funds were, I began ruminating about what these funds could possibly be; I didn't remember buying them.

    It came to me in the shower. Of course!! "Idle Funds". So much for literacy in law school!

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  • Too little too late

    It seems that the problem stems from a younger age. During my LPC we were given a guide to plain English and spelling tests and it just smacked of being ridiculous. However, most people were surprised at the poor standard they have. English language should be taught better at a younger age then there wouldn't be this problem when you are set in your ways.

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