Twitter and text not GR8 for English skills, warns GSA head

GSA head Caroline Jordan has spoken out about the dangers of using abbreviations and slang in text messages and on Twitter.

She says: “Our English skills are constantly on display, often making the difference between landing a job and having a misspelled application filed in the bin. With the continuing reliance on technology, ‘textspeak’ is eroding hard-learned skills in such basic areas as spelling and grammar. Perhaps this is the area we should be seeking to protect above all else. A command of our own language in today’s competitive world is essential.”

Caroline Jordan is head of Headington School in Oxford and also chairs the GSA education committee.

Her comments are reported in:

The Times
Mail Online
Oxford Mail
BBC Radio 2 (at 51:38)

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