Gently does it …
Well – I finally got “the book” and so I’m ready to start week 1
Even though people are thinking about week 3, I’m going to idle at the introduction a moment, because it begins with the passage about a Scottish girl giving in an exam essay in txt spk.
I have kept an article from “The Guardian” February 03 (no precise reference … just an approximation scrawled on the photocopy). because the article in the Guardian itself was entirely written in textspeak.. The funny thing is that I got it out with an advanced group very recently (gap filler)
The article begins
Dnt u sumX rekn eng lang v lngwindd. 2mny wds & <rs?
and after reporting an education spokesperson as saying: “no1 can rite, no1 can spel ‘u wd b :-O @ nos of 2ndrypupls wh cant distngsh btwEn ‘ther’ & ‘ther’ “
the article continues “B frank. Do u care? Wot if all eng bcame txt spk? AAMOF eng lits gd in txt spk.”2BON2BTTTQ” ” 2moro & 2moro & 2moro” C? Shakesprs gr8 in txt!”
I thought I was just filling in time at the end of a lesson – starting a dicussion – and the good learners really got something out of it.
Did I hear ‘silly person – getting caught up in details’ ?…well – sort of, yes, but in fact I think of it more as stalling (because of my present negative feelings about the superficiality implicit in multiliteracy)….. I need to get my head around it before saying anything 🙂