Using textspeak to develop the ability to interpret and compose text messages for informal communication such as sms, chats, IM, email, online discussions, etc.
Communicating with peers
Writing a chat dialogue between two or more characters (fictional or imaginary)
Creating a digital gallery of memes with captions in textspeak. Peer-feedback in textspeak
Creating a glossary of textspeak
Writing a story using textspeak or emoji writing prompts
#1 Special language
Students explore the notion of 'textspeak' as a language for informal communication in digital spaces. They reflect on their past experiences with textspeak (e.g. how many do you know?). They discuss its advantages and limitations.
#2 Understanding words
Students are provided with examples of words in textspeak and emoticons. They interpret their meanings.
#3 Google's help
Students can be shown how to use google to find the meaning of unfamiliar words in textspeak or emoticons (e.g. LOL meaning).
similarities and differences between different words /symbols used in texting and categorise them into groups depending on their type: emoticons, acronyms, numbers, symbols
#5 Understanding sentences
Students are provided with examples of sentences written in textspeak. They explore their meaning.
#6 Appropriate or not
Students analyse messages in textspeak to decide whether they are appropriate for their contexts (e.g. how r u? vs. I want 2 apply 4 this job).
Students try to translate a short text into textspeak, using list of sample words if required.
#8 Writing in textspeak
Students complete a writing task (suggested above) in textspeak relevant to the audience and context.