June 13, 2014
Texting improves children's spelling and grammar
A study finds use of 'text speak' including shortened words and abbreviations can actually improve children's spelling because they sound out words and phrases. The Telegraph reports.
... The study, published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, analysed the text messages sent by primary, secondary and university students and their performance in grammar and spelling tests. This was repeated a year later with the 234 participants.
Researchers found no connection between grammatical errors or omissions made in text messages such as “wanna” and “gr8”, and children’s understanding of grammar and spelling. Use of errors among primary school age pupils – such as ‘they is’ rather than ‘they are’ – also led to positive improvements in grammatical ability 12 months letter.
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