Teaching the Messaging Register - Have You Wanted to Teach Students How to Text?

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Offline Jiwah

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Reading and Writing Mini lesson - Text Talk!
« on: February 19, 2017, 06:51:45 PM »

Hello Fellow Teachers and Learners,

The topic of messaging registers is an important and often neglected aspect within Teaching English Reading and Writing. This is an issue as informal messaging registers used across online and mobile platforms are more relevant than ever, requiring students to understand its linguistic background and proper usage. In this Mini-Lesson, teachers are provided with the lesson plan and resources to teach their students how to properly message and when its informal nature can be utilized or avoided (Text, Twitter, FB, Etc.).

Here is a link of the lesson plan that my partner and I developed to teach a class.

Link to Lesson Plan - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S3W49z5nErtK4tpDTuMh4EdSODVB-QXWJa_9bb-WLto/edit

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Re: Reading and Writing Mini lesson - Text Talk!
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 09:01:49 PM »
Just to add some future modifications for a longer class. You could add a student generated word list section where students writing down textspeck constructions they do not understand and fine their meaning. You could also cover the frequency of textspeak in messaging. The study that formed the backbone of the this lesson mentioned that only between 10-20% of language is shortened. Students can also do an audience analysis to raise learners awareness to with whom and to what level of complexity they use textspeak with people they know.

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Re: Reading and Writing Mini lesson - Text Talk!
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 11:18:46 AM »
I agree that Register is very important!!!   ::Good one!
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