Why UK schools should not discount nonsense words

11/19/2012 | Guardian (London), The

While some in the United Kingdom say the inclusion of so-called "nonsense" words on exams is confusing pupils, there are signs that such vocabulary could be beneficial, author Louise Schweitzer writes in this blog post. Nonsense words are part of literature and have been shown to help students develop creative, lateral thought, Schweitzer writes. However, it is important such words be used alongside "proper vocabulary, the rudiments of grammar and basic spelling", she notes.

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