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Does online technology improve children’s writing skills?

12-01-2010  | Language level: A2
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Does online technology improve children’s writing skills?
 
Online technology and especially Internet, are part of everyday life. They have changed and are changing our social rules, our way of communicating and also our way of writing.
 
In online chat and "text speak" usually we adopt an informal writing style, that can often lack  grammar and correct spelling.
That’s the reason why many people criticize children's and teens use of technology. So the result of a survey of the English National Literacy Trust may be surprising:
children who blog, text or use social networking websites have better writing skills than those who do not.
 
A survey studied 3,001 English children aged nine to 16. It found that 24% had their own blog and 82% sent text messages at least once a month.
 
73% used instant messaging services to chat online with friends.
 
However, 77% still put real pen to paper to write notes in class or do their school homework.
Six out of ten young bloggers think their writing skills are "very good".
 

 

 Enthusiam for writing

 
Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said that children and teens who use online technology, feel enthusiastic about writing short stories, letters, song lyrics or diaries.
So there is " … a strong correlation between kids using technology and skills of reading and writing."
 
 
"Young people aged nine and upwards are texting like crazy - inside and outside the classroom," said John Coe, general secretary of the National Association for Primary Education.
"It is a form of reading and writing. It might not be conventional but they are communicating...".
 
 
However, not all teachers agree with this point of view, many think that spending a lot of time online in the classroom has its disadvantages.
Many think the relationship between teacher and child is more important than that with the computer.
(Adapted for educational purposes from news.bbc.co.uk)
(Photo from news.bbc.co.uk)
 
 
Writing Exercise
 
Write 200–300 words about the use of online technology, like blog, and social networking websites.
What do you think of them? How much time do you spend online everyday? Do you think it improves your writing skills? Does it help you to create new relationships with people?
 
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  1. 1. According to a recent survey, blogging and writing on social networking websites…
    • can damage the writing skills of young people.
    • improves the writing skills of young people.
    • does not change the way in which children and teenagers write.
  2. When people use online technology to write a text…
    • they do not pay great attention to spelling and grammar rules.
    • their correctness of English does not change.
  3. The survey studied …
    • children from all English speaking countries.
    • only English children.
    • children from all European countries.
  4. How many children send text messages at least once a month?
    • 24%
    • 73%
    • 77%
  5. According to the survey, most children who use Internet as a place to write …
    • do not like using pen and paper to write their homework.
    • prefer using pen and paper to write their homework.
    • have very bad handwriting.
  6. The director of the National Literacy Trust thinks that children who use online technology do not like writing stories, letters and other literary texts.
    • Right.
    • Wrong
    • Doesn’t say
  7. John Coe does not agree with Jonathan Douglas and is more critical about the use of online technology by young people.
    • Right
    • Wrong
    • Doesn't say
  8. Why do some teachers think children should not spend too much time online?
    • Because children who spend too much time on the PC do not have the opportunity to meet real friends.
    • Because they think the relationship between teacher and child is more important than that with the computer.

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3 responses to “Does online technology improve children’s writing skills?”

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