Friday, September 12, 2008

Writing Technology and Teens

After reading this article, I am astonished to learn that there are some students who write in computer talk. Why would anyone use "LOL", "ROFL", "LMAO" or many others in a paper is just beyond me. If children do not learn how to properly write and if there only source of writing is electronic writing, how are they supposed to function in a job later in life? If someone writes in their college application or job application, "i r good prsn" or something like that, then are they going to get into that job/college? Children need to learn to write correctly to become successful person.

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tbell said...

I agree. There is a time and place for using "computer talk" as you called it but a job application is NOT it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Stephanie said...

Excellent point. One great skill is writing an effective email.Less is better but there is a big difference between abbreviated writing and succinct writing.

tasteach said...

I read this article the other day and showed it to other teachers at school, who understood very little of the writing. Then I showed it to my class and many of them could translate it very easily. But they said they don't text like that anyway.,000+'txt-spk'+poster+that+'undermines+English+teaching'/

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Jim Dornberg said...

IMHO (just had to throw that in there) students don't know where to draw the line between "casual" conversations and something more "professional." The same thing can be said for the way students dress. Can you imagine showing up for a job interview dressed the way many students do for school? I also blame text messaging b/c U only have 140 characters 2 write w/. Also check out the lyrics to popular songs! This type of writing is becoming more and more pervasive, and although it's perfectly acceptable in certain situations, there is a great percentage of the population that either doesn't understand it, or thinks the writer is "ignorant" or "uneducated."