Spelling and grammatical errors flood France

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS – Faced with an increase in spelling and grammatical errors from employees, universities and recruiters hesitate between fatalism and crash courses.

PARIS – Faced with an increase in spelling and grammatical errors from employees, universities and recruiters hesitate between fatalism and crash courses.

The ECE, 'École centrale d'électronique, organised an special dictation for 375 students from 48 graduate schools and universities.

The ECE refuses to give in and has started numerous campaigns to promote the correct use of the French language.

The ECE rejects between 6 and 8 percent of its applicants every year solely because of their score on the 'written expression' section of the entry exam, a rarity for a school that trains future engineers. The school's curriculum also includes a weekly dictation for first year students.

The decrease in French people's linguistic proficiency is not limited to primary-schools and high-schools, universities, grands écoles and companies are also concerned.

Letters filled with spelling errors and even motivation letters with an average of one mistake a line are not uncommon.

Experts blame the 'global method' used to teach French to school pupils but also the use of modern communication tools, such as sms text messages and e-mails, quickly received, quickly sent.

The SNCF, France's railroad service company, started reporting on the spelling errors in internal documents and has created various language workshops to improve the level of its employees.

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Subject: French news

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