Yet Another Study Shows Txting Improves Kids' Spelling

from the ok,-are-we-done-yet? dept

While it still seems like the common belief is that “txt spk” and other sorts of abbreviated elements of the English language harm kids’ ability to write properly, we’ve seen study after study after study after study after study after study has found exactly the opposite. They’ve found that most kids can tell the difference, and do understand what’s proper and what’s not. On top of that, heavy texters tend to be better spellers, because they’re much more used to writing — even if they tend to abbreviate the language when communicating via technology.

So it almost seems superfluous to mention that yet another one of these studies has come out and it, too, has found that those who regularly use txt spk have very strong literacy skills. But what’s annoying is that both the researchers and the BBC act as if this was a “surprise.” It’s as if no one bothered to check to see if similar research had been done before, and found the many, many, many studies all saying the same exact thing.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Empirical results say otherwise

Your empirical results don’t say anything about improvement or degradation. All you can say is that students with poor English skills use text-speak.

You immediately assume that text-speak is the source of the problem, without even bothering to consider your students’ writing skills in general. Unless you can bring out some examples of their work showing a degradation into chatroom abbreviations, you’re simply guessing at the solution before you’ve even identified the problem.

Anonymous Coward says:

Yes, those who are ardent users of text messaging and those who are not tend to have similar spelling skills. Of course, neither group for the most part has mastered the relatively simple art of spelling correctly. A simple reading of written reports submitted for grading in JHS and HS courses makes this only too clear.

Then again, neither group for the most part has mastered grammar, paragraphs, punctuation, sentence structure, parts of speech, etc. Doubt me? Try reading papers submitted by students in even so-called “advanced placement” courses.

another mike (profile) says:

As a Scoutmaster, I get to see a lot of material written by the Scouts. And I’ll tell you, access to and use of technology is not the determining factor here. The largest difference I’ve seen regarding these kids’ use of language is the involvement of the parents. Having parents who are involved in their child’s activities, with the Troop, with school, leads to much better vocabulary and grammar.

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