Texting and literacy
Pros & Cons
Team C2 Critical Junkies
Juan Luis De La Rosa
According to research at Cambridge University, it doesn't matter in what order
the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter
be at the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it
without problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by
itself, but the word as a whole.
❏ Textism has shown to improve literacy by exposure to word
❏ A study performed on students resulted in higher test scores recorded
by students using mobile phones
❏ Research suggests texting requires same “phonological awareness”
needed to learn correct spelling
❏ Initials and abbreviations contribute to successful reading/spelling
❏ Students are writing more and revising their work
❏ Educators are helping students understand when to use the
Advantages of teens texting.
Initials and abbreviations helps foreign language users
to study English faster and easier.
❏ Autocorrect helps people to memorize with repeat.
❏ Kids have trouble shifting between abbreviations and
❏ Basically “techspeak” become the normal words.
❏ John McWhorter compares “techspeak” to a new
language being born.
❏ Overall there are some good and bad points to Texting.
❏ The future of texting is not exactly clear because it is
constantly evolving, but for the present time it is a
valuable asset for communicating.
❏ Texting on a case by case study can be in turn
decreasing literacy digital natives in different ways.
❏ Communication is a vital survival tool in the
preservation of human life, and texting has made that
AND THE WINNER OF THIS YEARS DEBATE
ON TEXTING LITERACY IS…
(DRUM ROLL PLEASE)