An English teacher sees the effects of students' growing up in an age when communication is done in an abbreviated text language and where they depend on autocorrect to automatically solve the "i before e" literary dilemma.
"'In my classroom, I can already see the negative effects,' said the English Department chair at Clay-Chalkville High School and a participant in the UAB For Teachers By Teachers grant program. 'Many high school students have become dependent on electronic spell-checkers. As a result, I spend a significant amount of time circling misspelled words on assignments.'
This begs the question: Could text language and autocorrect technologies have an effect on writing skills? UAB experts offer thoughts and tips.
Embrace the change: 'New technologies will, as they always have, influence how we gain and use knowledge,' said Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D., associate professor of English. 'This kind of shift can be frightening to those of us who learned to use language through a different approach, or who value some aspects of English that are currently being dismissed as less important. The fact is that what constitutes literacy changes over time.'
'For any of us to be effective communicators, we have to be able to adhere to conventions that others share," Ryan said.'"