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Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, v13 n2 p150-164 2010

Since text messaging is a widely popular method of communication among young people, the paper tries to investigate whether it might have some practical application in the EFL classroom. Kuwaiti EFL students asked to render a mixture of text messages written by their peers and native English speakers into Standard English produced a large number and variety of basic language errors. However, native English-speaking judges were unsuccessful in discriminating between the native and non-native English messages. In addition, the EFL text messages showed that the students were effectively able to achieve their pragmatic aims. Text messaging may therefore have some pedagogical use in terms of motivating the learner. This idea is supported by referring to studies in the literature on text messaging which suggest that the medium may not be as linguistically damaging as is commonly thought. (Contains 3 tables.)

Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, English (Second Language), Telecommunications, Pragmatics, Synchronous Communication, Second Language Learning, English, Native Speakers, Interpersonal Communication, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Students

Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / Association canadienne de linguistique appliquee. Departement de langues, linguistique et traduction, Pavillon de Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Web site: http://www.aclacaal.org

Autor: Haggan, Madeline

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2342&id=EJ944137

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