An Investigation into the Impact of Abbreviated Didactic Texting on Language Learning

Seyyed Reza Mousavinia, AbdolMajid Hayati, Saeed Khazaie

Abstract


This study aimed to investigate whether application of abbreviations in instructional texting (SMS) plays any role in promoting students’ performance in learning English through reducing distance and language anxiety. Parallel with examining elliptical features and abbreviations in creating SMS advertisements for addressing their special customers around the world with informal style, to borrow some of the features for the compass of language teaching, 120 participants in two groups at Isfahan university of technology were presented with the same type of content, namely, English grammar notes. They used directions with different lexemes and grammars. To compare the participants’ grammar learning, t-test was run. Results indicated that the difference between the performance of learners of the groups was statistically significant. Analyses showed that the didactic SMS with abbreviations and elliptical forms was significantly more effective than the SMS without such features in reducing learners’ anxiety, thereby enhancing their language learning. The findings of this study can have implications for both designing texting for advertisements and didactic SMS.

 


Keywords


Abbreviation, distance, language anxiety, SMS, style

Full Text:

PDF

References


Ally, M. (2009). Mobile learning: Transforming the delivery of education and training. Athabasca: AU Press.

Blommaert, J. (2005). Discourse: A critical introduction. Cambridge University Press.

Cadhain, S. (2002). Teen textuality and the txt flirt. Retrieved May 18, 2012 from http://www.txt2nite.com/teen-textuality-and-the-txt-flirt.html

Carter, R., & Nash, W. (1990). Seeing through language: A guide to styles of English writing. Oxford: Blackwell.

Coe, N., & Fowler, W. S. (1976). Nelson English language tests. London: Butler and Tanner Ltd.

Colazzo, L., Molinari, A., Ronchetti, M., & Trifonova, H. (2005). M-learning and the growth of mobile computing. Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society, 3(2), 95-104.

Cook, G. (1992). The discourse of advertising. London: Routledge.

Crystal, D. (2008). The joy of text. Spotlight, 11, 16-21.

Fairclough, N. (1992). Discourse and social change. Cambridge: Polity Press

Gee, J. P. (1999). An introduction to discourse analysis: Theory and method. London: Routledge.

Grammar exercises and tests. Retrieved from http://www.txt2nite.com/forum

Jafarpur, A. (2002). A course in language testing. Tehran: Payame Noor University.

Jorgensen, M., & Phillips, L. (2002). Discourse analysis as theory and method. London: SAGE.

Klas, W. & Zaharieva, M. (2004). Mobilearn: An open approach for structuring content for mobile learning environments. Berlin: Springer.

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2006). Understanding language teaching: From method to postmethod. New York: Routledge.

Mabbettová, M. A. (2010). Printed chocolate advertising: Discourse analysis (master's thesis). Retrieved March 6, 2012 from: http:// www.is.muni.cz/th/209629/pdf

MacIntyre, P. D., & Gardner, R. C. (1994). The subtle effects of language anxiety on cognitive processing in the second language. Language Learning, 44(2), 283–305.

Major, J. & Howard, J. (2010). Developing academic language in the classroom: Planning focused interactive opportunities. Dunedin, New Zealand: 12th National Conference for Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages (CLESOL 2010), 1-4 Oct 2010. (Conference Contribution - Oral presentation)

Murphy, R. (1989). Grammar in use (intermediate level). Cambridge University Press.

Plester, B., Wood, C., & Joshi, P. (2009). Exploring the relationship between children's knowledge of text message abbreviations and school literacy outcomes. British Journal of Developmental Psychology 27(1), 145-161, 23.

Rezaei, S., Mozaffari, F., & Hatef, A. (2011). Corrective feedback in SLA: Classroom practice and future directions. International Journal of English Linguistics, 1(1), 21-29.

Talebinezhad, M. R., & Rezaei Rahimi, R. (2013). The Relationship between foreign language classroom anxiety, reading anxiety and reading achievement among Iranian high school EFL students. Iranian EFL Journal, 4(9), 125-141.

Semino, E. (1997). Language and world creation in poems and other texts. London: Longman.

SMS language sparks off unusually spelt baby names trend! (2012, March). Thaindian News. Retrieved from http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/sms-language-sparks-off-unusually-spelt-baby-names-trend_10024677.html

Sukrisno, A. (2010). Discourse analysis on advertisement. Language Circle, 4(2), 103-111.

Swales, J. (1990). Genre analysis: English in academic and research settings. Cambridge University Press.

Valenzuela, D., & Shrivastava, P. (2008). Interview as a method for qualitative research. Retrieved from http://www.public.asu.edu/~kroel/www500/Interview%20Fri.pdf

Vranica, S. (2008). Marketers Try to be 'kewl' with text-message lingo. Retrieved from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120719487786785755.html

Widdowson, H. G. (2008). Text, context, pretext: Critical issues in discourse analysis. Blackwell Publishers.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.3n.2p.220

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

2012-2022 (CC-BY) Australian International Academic Centre PTY.LTD

International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the journal emails into your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders.