Spelling Errors in Online Writing
Feb 18, 2012 E-Learning/CALL 2264 Views
The other day, I was at Starbucks I was talking to an English teacher who just finished out his semester. This was for high school students, as he taught a college prep class, and the final he gave was a series of multiple choice questions, along with writing a composition or counter argument to one of the stated positions. The students had to do this while they were in class, and it was open book, and they could even use the Internet to go and get facts and figures to help them with their debating points.
As he was grading those papers at Starbucks, and believe me there was a stack which was quite tall, he explained to me how many of the students in the non-college prep English classes had trouble with punctuation, spelling errors, and sentence structure issues, in fact their writing was atrocious. Luckily in his college prep class he only had a very few students who were struggling.
Although I believe proper spelling to be paramount, I also understand reality. As an online writer, I realize that anything I write on the Internet will be viewed by hundreds if not thousands of people. I'd also say that truly, most of the Internet surfers these days would probably never notice any small mistake, I've purposely left in 8-mistakes in this article, can you find them?
You see, those who write online to that crowd must realize that old-school spelling protocol is less-important today than it has been in the past, half the time I cannot even make out the Tweets, and the English language is completely botched and the news media has taken down the reading level to 5th grade now, so, I ask is all this really going to be an issue as the future unfolds, let's say a few years from now.
Indeed, half of the social networking pages and comments are riddled with spelling errors, does anyone really care except for writers and English teachers, sorry, but I dare to throw that out their [sic] yes, there's one as a clue. I think what we need is more stellar English teachers like the one I met, and more students who took it seriously. Further, I believe it is important, if not imperative that the parents also get involved, because how you write will affect how other people perceive you, and therefore it will affect your future income, career path, and upward mobility in our society.
This is serious stuff, and although the "No Child Left behind Act" was put into being to ensure that every student could read and write, what they are reading, and how their writing still has a lot to be desired. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.