Do you learn your students slang?
The way our students communicate with each other through cell phone usage, social media, texting and other ways is slowly creeping into the Dutch school classrooms.
Slang terms and text-speak such as LOL ( laugh out loud), IDK ( I didn't know), IDWT, ( I don't want to) and SMH (shaking my head) and NTF (not to forget) BTW (by the way), have become more and more common sight on students assignments, befuddling some school teachers who are unsure how to fix this growing problem in Dutch schools who are learning their students English as a second language.
Maybe students don't realize that they're doing it, but when we are using all this social media we're not thinking about how to spell a word the right way, so naturally that's going to translate into the classroom.
What can I do as a teacher?
The first question is if older teachers who are less familiair with all the social media devices are more upset than younger teachers who use social media as a way of communication a lot more. Do
younger teachers see the slang and ' just let it go?'
" Or do we need to develop better teacher evaluation systems?"
In my opinion education is about adaption to some degrees. I mean, an intelligent, educated student should be adaptive. Those who don't adapt would not be admitted...at the end of the day...the future is unclear as more generations of students grow up with new technology that embraces slang...as long as there is a difference between their social communication and writing for their college essay...thing all will be fine!