Task 1: Translating

CUL8R     =      see you later


BF             LOL           GFI            4ever       HAGD             WUCIWUG

RU there?      v         STU         vvv         shhh       gr8           TYVM

ILNY       UOK?       EZ       w/e              GF            zzz


Read the text and answer the question.
Who started the debate about the possible danger of texting?
Texting and literacy
Lately, some people have been concerned that the explosion in text messaging
among young people is having a negative effect on their literacy skills. However, a
recent study at the department of communication and science at City University in
London compared the spelling and punctuation of 11 and 12-year old texters and
non-texters, finding no significant differences between the two groups.
It is important when texting to be fast and concise. This is to save on time and
space. A reader who is unfamilar with texting will feel lost when they see
abbreviations, acronyms and emoticons. For texters, this ‘language’ is easy to read
and easy to write.
The debate about the harmful effects of texting started a few years ago. Teachers
began noticing examples of texting language in their students’ exam papers. One
case, a 13-year-old Scottish girl who wrote an entire description of her summer
holidays in text language, became famous. Her teacher sent a sample of the essay
to a national newspaper and readers sent in hundreds of letters giving their opinion.

2 Read the text again and circle the correct option.
1. Some people think that young people who don’t send / send a lot of text
messages, write badly.
2. A recent study compared the literacy / exam results of children who text and
children who don’t text.
3. The results of the text showed that there was hardly any / quite a big difference
between the two groups.
4. Texters try to write their message in code / using very few words.
5. A Scottish girl / teacher sent some text to the newspaper.

Texting: Task 3
This is part of an essay written by a Scottish 13-year-old secondary
school pupil. Read the texting and ‘translate’ it into English.
My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2 go 2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :-
@ kds FTF. ILNY, its gr8.
Bt my Ps wr so {:-/ BC o 9/11 tht thay dcdd 2 stay in SCO & spnd 2 wks up N.
Up N, WUCIWUG — 0. I ws vvv brd in MON. 0 bt baas & ^^


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