Tracy Beaker author Dame Jacqueline Wilson says schoolchildren from overseas have better English language skills than their British counterparts.
Wilson told The Independent that her fans from Eastern Europe, Spain, and Portugal all had better spelling and grammar than British children. She receives hundreds of fan letters each week from across the globe.
The best-selling author said that her foreign fans are writing in English, and apologizing for their English, yet the letters “will be more grammatical and spelt more properly than those from our own children. It’s quite extraordinary.”
“Spelling doesn’t seem to be something that happens [at school]. I don’t think it is being taught, “added the writer. Dame Jacqueline is one of Britain’s most popular writers thanks to the success of her breakthrough novel The Story of Tracy Beaker in 1991.