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i am doing a science fair on this subject and i think it has a impact/ affect on your writing
I think this is a perfect example of lazy writing. The correct phrase is "should have been", not "should of been". I believe texting is just another example of a situation where laziness is accepted. Other examples are email and passing notes to friends. I do agree, however, that although we should encourage correct grammar, texting is not the cause of bad grammar.
CAN YOU GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE QUESTIONNAIRE FOR MY THESIS, MY TOPIC IS "TEXTING AND WRITING SKILLS OF THE STUDENTS", thnx
Texting is simply another style of writing. English would be very boring if we always had to write in the same style. If our students are writing essays in "texting" language, then we need to teach them language for other purposes--for essays, blogs, business letters, research papers. The problem isn't the students' inability to write; the problem is that they have not been taught how to write in any other way. Students are smart. They can learn to switch styles if we teach them to.
I don't think we should demonize texting and say that it's going to ruin the English language. If we could talk to English speakers a hundred years ago, they would say we've already ruined English. English is constantly changing, and we shouldn't fear it. (I think people who don't like to accept changes in English are just simply afraid of not knowing the new rules. They hold power when they know the rules.) In a few years when another disruptive technology changes the way we write, we'll be talking nostalgically about the good ol' texting days.
I believe texting helps you throughout college as long as you know not to use it in papers. I can take notes so much faster now that I am used to so many abbreviations and I find that it is easier to make abbreviations for longer words in my science classes and remember them at the end of the day. I used to have to write everything out and now it only takes HALF the time to take the notes it would have taken me forever to take. So, in that way txting and the abbs. for txting can help a student
I think you are right on the mark! I teach at a community college and I explain to my students very early on that one writing style does not fit all situations. This is really nothing new -- there have always been different styles for different purposes. Business writing, technical writing, fiction writing, formal writing -- why is this such a big deal to people? I think it tends to be a bigger problem for people who don't use it in their personal lives -- but I am in my fifties and I text quite a bit. I also use FaceBook and Twitter -- because I think you have to stay abreast of current trends.
I have observed a relationship between text messaging and declining quality formal writing skills as well. Until more imperical research is conducted that closely examines potential variables that attribute to the the decline in quality writing.We simply need to make sure that students understand the difference between the written language used for text messaging and the written language used in other writing situations.
Yes I do think its bad for English. I think it means that English is going by the wayside a bit and communication is going to start being looked at in a broader fashion. Why can't English make new rules governing the usage of such things as text speak. Look at Huck Finn. Good English there's not in a lot of that book but without the use of such things the WHOLE concept and idea is much harder to picture and imagine. I say down with English in with Communication. Lets take a bigger picture study all of it. Become a pro at all of it if you can. I obviously can not mostly because I don't care for English maybe if I thought in English I could desire to learn putting that to paper. Either way my point has been made. Bad English go home lets learn Cmmunication in all its facets. I've lived here my entire life (28 years) my parents have also I don't know any language but English and I despise it because I can't put REAL thought to paper or at least I was never taught how to I was only ever tought how to write book reports and paper this and paper that all about crap I wasn't interested in. English is directly responsible for my dislike of much of the parts of English that I should like. I got most of what I needed for communication in and before 5th grade. why beat the same dead mule for k-12 AND AGAIN in college the same forced structured writing that makes people like myself who want to write a book despise the system that i'd have to deal with to do it. Good bye I hope I didn't burn your ears.
P.S. Morgan I only did one year of college but I never got taught anything beyond about 10th grade that was New to me. research this write what you think follow these guidlines and I hope you know how to write everything you thought without using run on sentences fragments and declarative statements that aren't complete sentences. Thats what I want to learn. Maybe I just wasn't ever taught properlly in the k-6 world and they don't bother with it after that they just bother with the same old read this write this deal.
Ufta, I am generally torn on this subject. I am currently earning my teaching certification in NY state and texting has been the subject of a number of in-class discussions... I'm afraid that Frankie's post may have tipped my scale to the "against texting" camp :( ):. His post is an affront to punctuation and word order. I take issue with this because when people cannot communicate effectively, ideas suffer. When ideas suffer, innovation suffers and economies suffer and people suffer-- never mind test scores.
While I believe that texting is absolutely working its way into students' homework and everyday dialogues among themselves and sometimes toward adults, I think it is a perfect TEACHABLE OPPORTUNITY for students to learn about the exclusive/inclusive power of language and how word choice or style can impact communication, specifically audience and appropriateness. Professional educators should always look for ways to teach their subjects in a way that is INTERESTING to students. Viewing texting as a popular way of communication and as an example of how a language lives and changes, taps into a VERY interesting topic students can then relate to and take an active role in. Harnessing this interest goes beyond throwing in an off-hand "LOL" for the students' entertainment or to feed some hope of gaining "street cred" with one's youth. Fashioning assignments that use such language and creating opportunities to have discussions about the popularity of texting and its effect on today's language validates the idea that the youth of a language spoken is the true smithy in which any language is shaped.