Txtrs R litRte

Texting kids don’t lose literacy when they use “abbreviations such as LOL (laughing out loud), plz (please), l8ter (later) and xxx (kisses), reports a new study funded by the British Academy. In fact, “textism” use by 8-12 year olds helps develop reading skills and phonological awareness, reports psychologist Clare Wood.  She added, “Texting also appears to be a valuable form of contact with written English for many children, which enables them to practice reading and spelling on a daily basis.”

Via Textually.org.

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  1. The reading part I buy, but as someone who actually grades their papers I think it breaks down ANY interest in choosing the correct homonym for the job.

  2. Of course, they don’t. And calculators don’t undermine the development of accurate and fluent arithmetic computation. Another study that says, Pay no attention to the (bogey)man behind the curtain. Nothing to see here, move along now. We don’t know if it works–is that a problem? Geez.

  3. Texting, blogging, IMing, writing on a wall on Facebook, it doesn’t matter–all force students to put their thoughts into writing. There has never been a time when so many people spent so much time writing. This has to benefit schools and their students.

  4. “Texting, blogging, IMing, writing on a wall on Facebook, it doesn’t matter–all force students to put their thoughts into writing. There has never been a time when so many people spent so much time writing.”

    Nonsense. Modify the statement to read: There has never been a time when so many people spent so much time writing incorrectly and so many educated people don’t care about their students’ (and their own) errors.

    Error does not improve through repetition.

  5. True… texting and calculator use do not necessarily handicap students in English and Math respectively. It is the over-reliance and absence of proper instruction that causes it.

  6. Worldwide, there are over 70 million blogs. That is an amazing number of writers sharing their thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Even if their spelling and grammar has errors, technology has made a remarkable impact on the number of writers publishing their work. The fact that some writers make mistakes is totally insignificant when compared to the value of having the majority of our population writing on a daily basis.

  7. Tiffany L. says:

    As an English teacher, while grading students papers, I definitely see a negative transaction with students using text messaging. When writing responses they are using the texting codes continuously.

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