'Spelling Is a Gateway ... to Learning'

5 Minutes With Jacques Bailly, 'Pronouncer' at the National Spelling Bee 1

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Jacquelyn Martin, AP Images

Jacques A. Bailly, an associate professor of classics at the University of Vermont, is the department's director of graduate studies. He has also been the official pronouncer of words at the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2003. He won the annual bee as an eighth grader in 1980.

Q. What's the connection of good spelling to good thinking and good writing?

A. Spelling is not an end goal. It is an auxiliary skill. But