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Texting has negative impact in classrooms


UPI News Service, 04/01/2011 

Texting slang invading standardized English used in U.S. classrooms has become a problematic cross-pollination, teachers say.

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The abbreviations resulting from cellphone technology communication and the demand for instant communication has resulted in conflicted thinking making its way into schools nationwide, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

"It's like you have two languages in your head," said Chicago eighth-grader Audrey Pound. "Sometimes, the language you use for texting bleeds into the work you do for school."

Lyons Township High School English teacher Rebecca Gemkow maintains real-world success lies in teenagers understanding the difference between social and academic writing.

"I feel that all of the online opportunities and the time spent with such opportunities puts students at a deficit when it comes to producing sophisticated writing," Gemkow said. "In result, there is a much greater responsibility put on teachers to help rectify the situation so that students will be prepared for the rest of high school, as well as post-high school writing."

Jeff Sledz, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Hinsdale Middle School, said as the age of cellphone users has gotten younger, the improper use of language in school papers has increased.

"It's really not that students are using texting lingo like 'lol' (laugh out loud) in their papers," Sledz said. "The problem is with the improper use of punctuation, lower casing letters and shortening words."

The Oxford English Dictionary announced March 24 it would publish "lol" in its next edition.


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