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  Extra English lessons for texting pupils
Updated 22 November 2001, 15.27

A headteacher is introducing extra English lessons, because he says text messaging is affecting the way his pupils write.

Teachers from the Wisbech Grammar School in Cambridgeshire say grammar and spelling amongst Year 10 and 11 pupils is getting worse.

Texting the culprit

They put this down to the short sentences and abbreviations we all use when we text.

A recent survey showed one in five 13 to 16 year olds uses their phones purely for text messaging.

Fact File
Txting trivia
Six billion text messages will be sent this Christmas & New Year
We send a billion texts a month in the UK alone
90% of 11-16 year olds in the UK have a mobile

And the body that represents mobile companies says nearly a billion messages a day are sent across the world, with young people leading the way.

R U txting ur way 2 bad spelling?

But we want to know what you think.

We know you love texting, but do you think it's affecting the way you write at school? And does traditional spelling matter?

Go to the box on the right to send us an email and tell us your thoughts.


 
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