May 31, 2013

Mobile phone 'text-speak' boosts children's language skills

Children should be taught “text-speak” at school to prepare them for the demands of studying a foreign language, according to one of Europe’s top linguists. The Telegraph reports.

quotemarksright.jpgMobile phone text message abbreviations such as “lol”, “gr8”, “l8r” and “b4” should be used as a starting point for analysing language creativity in lessons, it is claimed.

Waldemar Martyniuk, executive director of the Council of Europe’s Centre for Modern Languages, also suggested that schools should be encouraged to teach children about slang and regional dialects.

These subjects are vital to allow children to develop a “sense of adventure” in language that could act as a stepping stone to eventually learning foreign languages, he said.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Related links to articles on both the positive and negatives studies of text messaging on language and writing skills, blogged by textually over the last 10 years.

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