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Text speak creative or not?
Texting in school is a very popular topic with people able to argue both sides. Some schools in Australia are teaching text speak or SMS in
school. The students put together glossaries and compare their versions to the formal written language. Many might argue but listed below
are ten reasons schools should teach text speak.
It teaches translation skills: Teaching students how to translate one version of the English language into another version of the English
language exposes them to critical thinking skills.
This goes against: The argument that text speak can reduce adult's confidence in decision making.
It's useful: Students tend to wonder when they will ever use what they are learning. Not long ago students were required to take Latin, and a
very small percentage ever applied it in real life. Texting, on the other hand, is quite useful to just about everyone who owns a mobile
This goes against: This puts forth many arguments for text speak as there is a point to it and some people don't want to stand out from the
crowd, thus through texting they can make friends and using text speak can be a way of not intimidating people (e.g. full stops can come
across angry or final on online communication)
It teaches creativity: There are plenty of words or terms that have not been condensed down into SMS text language. By engaging the
students to create their own versions they are not only teaching creativity, but instilling selfesteem and confidence when they come up with
something useful for others.
This goes against: People often make up their own abbreviations or simply adapt commonly used ones down to personal preference
(such as capitalisation, spaces, full stops, hyphens or even increasing the amount of letters to make it more easily recognisable, For
example, some people write Duke Of Edinburgh, or don't capitalise the `O', or abbreviate to DOE, DofE, DOFE.), this encourages creativity
and enforces a sense of creativity, perhaps increasing selfesteem in the process. Someone may feel satisfied or happy when they
discover a new way of abbreviating something or a new personal preference in terms of capitalisation.
Quicker note taking: By teaching SMS text speak in schools the students can apply it to other classes as well by using it as a short hand
note taking skill. Unlike formal note taking which can take too long and lead to missed notes, SMS can help students effectively take notes
at a speed close to the verbal communication of their teachers.
This goes against: The entire idea that text speak is pointless. If students were to use text speak more then they may become more
confident and experienced in taking shorthand notes, a very useful skill for later life which is often not stressed enough at school.
Sometimes teachers move too fast in classes, thus if a student was competent in text speak then they would have an advantage as it is a
type of adapted shorthand, very useful in uni.
You can wrap ethics in: Classes can have an ethical or moral tone to them by discouraging students from using texting in inappropriate
ways. Many kids today are using texting to bully or send lewd messages to one another. This topic can be brought in to dissuade that kind
This goes against: The argument that text speak can lead to inappropriate uses of grammar in formal letters or emails. It will also educate
children on the unrelated topic of cyberbullying, all wrapped in one neat package.
It can prepare them for the future: Technology is improving at a rate that some of us cannot keep up with. By bringing this into the
classroom you can prepare students for the ever evolving technological advances.
This goes against: People can feel intimidated by the rapid advance in technology. Therefore, a lesson in which students can learn about
what to expect, how to cope and what you should do. The same applies for text speak, as language changes and adapts, some people
may not know what to do and how to cope with the new language, this lesson or education could eliminate these fears.
It engages students: Since you never see a teenager very far from their phone and in some cases it seems like it is permanently attached
to their fingers, it makes sense to utilise them in the classrooms as well. Using mobile phones in school is a great way to engage
students with something they are already familiar with and then use texting to draw them into other subjects as well.
This goes against: Students whinge and whine about the use of mobile phones in schools, thus if they were actively used as learning tools
then they could be more engaged in lessons, learn better and also will not complain so much about the ban, if they can be embraced as
useful and not always a hindrance.
It can save future embarrassment: If texting is taught in school, then students have the opportunity to learn the different acronyms and what
they may or may not mean. This can save face in the future when texting a client or other professional. Some SMS texts have different
meanings and some, like in verbal communication, can be said in a variety of ways.
This goes against: If people are more used to using Standard English and want to be saved the awkward embarrassment of asking what a
certain abbreviation means, then this could save them potential HUMILIATION.
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