Sunday, October 01, 2006

Texting improves literacy - lol

Is texting responsible for all of this poor spelling and literacy? NO. In a study by Coventry University, Mrs Beverly Plester and Dr Clare Wood took 11 year olds and asked them to translate from text to English and vice versa, then put them through standards tests in spelling, reading and writing. The concluded that, “the use of text message abbreviations is linked positively with literacy achievements”.

Regular texters strong in literacy
The results showed that far from impairing spelling, reading and writing; texting correlates well with strong performance in the use of the English language. In fact, regular texters were strong readers and writers.

Increased awareness of phonetics?
It is thought that texting may increase their awareness of phonetics, which leads to better spelling, reading and writing. This is in line with the research that shows phonics as being far more effective in teaching literacy.


jay said...

Don, what is your email address these days? Epic no longer forwards your mail. jay

Anonymous said...

Jay is not the only one to have had this problem. Maybe you need to get an "i-name", from, say, . You can make that public without then being swamped.

magz said...

I'll echo the moan, Donald... give us an email address! Please!

Anonymous said...

txt 4 spling? 2 rite mate. LOL CU l8tr