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."
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.