Monday, 25 September 2006

Texting helps spelling

Texting will ruin spelling. Or will it?

An article in the Guardian says that researchers at Coventry University found that contrary to popular belief, the use of text message abbreviations is linked positively with literacy achievements.

One of the researchers Beverly Plester said: "So far, our research has suggested that there is no evidence to link a poor ability in standard English to those children who send text messages. In fact, the children who were the best at using 'textisms' were also found to be the better spellers and writers." The trial group was small but more research in this area is needed.

Spelling is one subject the public gets easily worked up a over because everyone figures that there is a right answer. Therefore teachers can easily teach kids to spell. In my blog wanderings I read this piece on spelling in Jo McLeay's blog. She also talks about the need to use spelling strategies and mentions David Hornsby who recently ran a one day workshop at Campbells Creek PS in central Victoria on spelling.

Teaching kids strategies is important as we need to be mindful that if students write without attempting to spell correctly, they are practising to spell incorrectly. Just think that after 6 years of practising spelling incorrectly how difficult it is to change or unlearn.


Jo McLeay said...

Hi Sam, thanks for the link to my blog. It's great to see more Australians blogging about education. I'm also very interested in Reading Circles, or Literature Circles, and am doing a Masters thesis on this very topic

Sam Grumont said...

Thanks for the comment Jo. The holidays are enjoyable. I adapted Literature Circles to use short stories and short pieces of texts,extracts and especially non-fiction pieces. The name change is to emphasise that the circles are not just with fiction and books. I'm interested in what you are doing and if you like I'll send you a bit on what is happening in central Victoria.