International English Spelling Congress: live webinar from London

Conference/Symposium | May 30 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Graduate School of Education

International English Spelling Congress, May 30

The English Spelling Society in the UK and the American Literacy Council present a live broadcast from London of an International Congress with the aim of choosing a new English spelling scheme. People from across the English speaking world will be able to participate in this international debate on the difficulties and problems of the current English spelling system.

This event is free to attend in Tolman Hall on campus or to participate via personal computer as a webinar. Register for either at

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Room 2515 Tolman Hall
Graduate School of Education
UC Berkeley campus

This live event from London provides a platform for speakers to focus on the irregularity of English spelling, its economic and social costs and what measures may be taken to remedy this. Participants from across the English speaking world will be able to take part via a webinar.

Following the first session, an expert commission will be appointed to choose a short list of alternative spelling systems which will be presented to a reconvened congress where a final choice will be made. It is the Society's hope that the approved alternative spelling scheme will be promoted to run alongside traditional spelling informally until such time as it gains sufficient acceptance in the English speaking world. At that stage it will be possible to promote it as a formal alternative to traditional spelling.

The May 30 program will be as follows:
• Chair’s Introduction
• Messages of Support
• Talk: Why is English Spelling so Irregular?
• Talk: The Economic and Social Costs of English Spelling
• Talk: The History of Spelling Reform
• Talk: The IESC – our Plans in Detail
• Talk: The Guidance

There will be two 5 minute breaks during this part of the session, which will last about 1 hour 10 minutes.There will then follow an open session which will last up to 40 minutes. Those attending the physical meetings will be able to comment by video and audio. Those who are participating at home from their own computer can submit comments by text.

Following the open session, the chair will sum up the discussions and there will be a short conclusion. If you have any queries, please contact