Unwanted influence of SMS language
via The Star Online
I AM really perturbed and irked by the latest development involving the interference and influence of SMS language in the writing of school students, which I have yet to see at college and university levels.
Probably this is due to the fact that college and university students do not hand in written work. School students are so used to communicating with their friends via SMS that they transfer such language to their writing in school.
If such influence is not checked and corrected, chances are that students who are sitting for major examinations are going to lose many marks, which will affect their grades.
Lately, as I was going through some school examination papers, I noticed that SMS language is frequently used in their writing.
Here are some of the examples:
Although this influence is only among average and below-average students, if it is not curbed it may in time seriously affect academic writing.
DR MAHENDRAN MANIAM,
Well dear sir, maybe it's because their proficiency in the English language isn't up to par, and not that of the effects of text shorthand.
Of course, there's no denying that text shorthand is increasingly being used in school work, but don't blame technology. I think this is only highlighting how students don't hold the language in high regard. And we all know why that is. If you think a language is important, you'd bother using it correctly. Think: grammar nazis.