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“r u online?”

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After reading the article, “r u online?”: The Evolving Lexicon of Wired Teens and considering how texting is creating new ways in which students can use the English language to suit their linguistic needs, I couldn’t help but wonder in what ways are English language learners are using this new accessible language. I also thought it might be interesting to compare the ways in which native speakers of English use Net Lingo to communicate to emerging bilingual Net Lingo English.

I think when teaching students about when it is appropriate to use certain forms of language or “proper” English, a discussion could also be around how we use language is similar ways in different situations in different geographical locations. We could explore why is it that Net Lingo is becoming almost a more universal type of language among young people than “proper” English.

As a teacher, I think it is especially important for me to understand this new phenomenon and consider what impacts it may have on student learning but find ways to use it as a teaching tool in the future.


Author: robinbenz

Elementary teacher, student, aspiring horticulturalist, lover of the outdoors, and travel

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