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Do you send text messages to your friends and family? What do they look like? Discuss text messaging in pairs. Observe the text messages below. Can you {decipher;to decipher = (v) to make out a meaning of something not clear or understandable, to decode.} them? Rewrite them in their full form in your notebook. Exchange some text messages with your partner.

Google for abbreviations in text messaging. What are the most common ones? Do you use any of them in your text messages? When and why?

Listen to what one teen says about texting and then discuss the following questions in pairs. Do you agree with her? How many text messages do you send or receive per day? What do you mainly text about? How much does it cost per month? What do your parents think about your texting?

Read all about text messaging below and choose the right answers.

In one interview Professor David Crystal said:

"There were all sorts of myths surrounding text messaging when it came in the early 2000s in the UK. The myth was that young people are filling their text messages with abbreviations, that they're inventing them to keep adults out of their lives, that they can't spell, etc. As research increased, it showed conclusively that none of these things were happening, that in the average text message only about 10 percent of the words are abbreviated, that most of the abbreviations in texting are ancient-like "C" for "see," and "U" for "you," and all of those, they go back hundreds of years in English."

Text messaging is about {twenty;ten;five} years old. A {British_engineer;UK_teen;teacher} sent the first text. {Trillions;bilions;thousands} of texts are sent daily all over the world. Half of teens in the USA send {50;60;100} text messages a day. Among 14-17 year-old texters girls send {more;the_same;fewer} texts a day. The research showed that only {ten;twenty;fifty} percent of the words are abbreviated. The abbreviations in texting are {ancient;recent;new} , they go back {hundreds;thousands;tens} of years in English.


After you go through some facts about teens text messaging in America, do some research on text messaging in your class. Use the prompts for questions above. Finally, write a report in a similar way in your notebook.