Text Lingo: Languages Change, Education Helps
Released on: February 29, 2012, 2:24 am
As languages develop and change, students need to learn these
innovations but also benefit from learning the foundations as well.
Abbreviations used in text messages are becoming more prevalent, so the
need for proper education in languages is becoming more important.
Text lingo has its detractors, such as journalist John Humphrys, who has said this
new way of communicating is ‘wrecking our language.’ The ambiguity of text speak can
be illustrated by the abbreviation LOL, which can mean ‘lots of love’ or ‘laugh out
loud.’ This is a prime example of how important traditional education is in the
fast-paced world of language development.
A good language teacher will be able to combine tried and tested methods with more
modern approaches to learning. As well as taking part in classroom learning,
students can discover more about how their chosen language is changing by reading
contemporary books. The vocabulary and sentence structure can be compared with
novels from earlier periods, to understand how the language has developed over the
As well as reading, foreign language students should watch current TV shows. Thanks
to the internet, you don’t even need to be in the country itself to tune in to local
programmes. However, by taking classes in the mother country, such as taking English courses in London, you will get a much better feel for how the language is developing by being amongst local people. Schools like UIC London offer a range of English courses as well as European and Asian languages
About UIC London
UIC London is an English School based in London. As well as offering English
courses, it also has a wealth of foreign language courses. Founded in 1997, the
school gained British Council Accreditation in 1999. UIC London’s experienced staff
and modern facilities are amongst its key strengths.
As well as courses for adults, the school offers residential summer courses for
teenagers and children. The school teaches classes in English, Portuguese, Japanese,
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Arabic and Italian. Classes impart a lot of
information, but the serious aspect of learning is coupled with an ethos of fun and
Contact Details: Language House, 76-78 Mortimer Street
Tel. +44 (0) 020 7079 3333