Is txt ruining the English language?

The object of the abbreviations used in SMS text messages – or textese – is to use the fewest number of characters needed to convey a comprehensible message, hence grammar and punctuation are largely ignored. Is this change of language a bad thing or is it just moving with the times?

Exam markers have expressed concerns over text messaging language creeping into exam answers. The proof of its increased usage came when a 13-year-old Scottish schoolgirl handed in an essay written completely in text message shorthand, much to the bemusement of her teacher.

Can you translate the above passage? If so, have a go at these classic literature pieces in Rl8: Texts in txt translation

Look at the different arguments in online debates, such as the BBC debate Mind your slanguage, or other new sources asking for options about txt ruining the English language.

  • Download the SMS db8 worksheet to work on the activity offline and prepare for a class debate.
  • Download the Rl8: Texts in txt translation to try your hand at txt translation.
  • Download the SMS News Story to see how SMS messages can be used to help people learn.

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RI8: Texts in txt Translation

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