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October 16, 2015

Week 8 Homework Assignment

Filed under: homework — richardlstansfield @ 9:52 am

Read the text. Then write the answers on a piece of paper, and put the paper into a box in front of the teacher’s office during Week 8. The deadline is Friday, October 23rd, at 5 pm (17:00). Don’t forget to write your name and your class number.


Why all the interest in texting?

An article on the Internet recently caught my eye. It was about the Texting Championships in New York City. The 17-year-old winner texted 149 characters in 39 seconds and won $50,000. That is certainly impressive, and much, much faster than me – LOL : – ). However, I started to wonder: Why is there still so much interest in texting? After all, texting is a commonplace activity these days.

It’s clear that texting, with all of its abbreviations and symbols, is now part of our lives. According to research, about 75% of Americans send text messages, and almost one third prefer to text rather than talk on their phone. It’s just quicker to send a text than make a call. Typing SUP is faster than asking “How are you?” and listening to the answer. It’s also more discrete because no one can overhear your conversation – and that’s FBM.

OTOH, texting has its downsides, too, and perhaps it’s these problems that create all the interest. Texters gripe that they are getting more spam texts than ever before. Teachers complain that students’ test scores are getting worse because teens spend more time texting than they should. Some also say that texting encourages bad grammar and punctuation and IMO, that’s true. Students don’t realize they shouldn’t write their essays in “textese,” and they get low grades as a result. Many young people are sleeping less because they wake up in the night every time a text pops up on their phone. Others have injuries to their hands and thumbs from the constant texting.

There are also more serious problems with texting, however, such as the accidents that happen when people text and drive at the same time. Fortunately, many countries are passing laws that make it illegal to text when you’re behind the wheel of a car. In addition, public service advertisements warn of the dangers of texting while driving. Perhaps, then, there is good reason for all the interest in texting.


Match the textese with its meaning.

1. LOL __
2. : – ) __
3. SUP __
4. FBM __
5. OTOT __
6. IMO __

a. Fine by me.
b. In my opinion
c. Laugh out loud
d. On the other hand
e. Smile
f. What’s up?


Match the vocabulary with their meanings.

1. caught my eye __
2. wonder __
3. discreet __
4. overhear __
5. downsides __
6. warn of __

a. disadvantages
b. not noticeable
c. hear without intending to
d. got my attention
e. say there’s a problem
f. ask myself


1. What are two reasons why many people like texting better than talking on the phone?

2. What is “textese” and what kinds of problems does it cause?

3. What are four downsides to texting?

Mr. Stansfield’s Office: 5남242



  1. next week, we have class?or no?

    Comment by 박소연 — October 16, 2015 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

    • No.

      Mr. Stansfield

      Comment by richardlstansfield — October 17, 2015 @ 4:55 am | Reply

  2. Hi, professor. this is ho jonghyun. I think there are some errors. because the questions are different with the substance. In textese number 5 and vocabulary number 3.
    please check it and tell me whether it is correct or incorrect. thank you and have a good week ! : – )

    Comment by 호종현 — October 19, 2015 @ 5:51 am | Reply

    • They are correct.

      Comment by richardlstansfield — October 23, 2015 @ 12:13 am | Reply

  3. Do I have to write this or shall I print this?

    Comment by 김재현 — October 21, 2015 @ 4:56 am | Reply

    • Write or print. It’s all good.

      Comment by richardlstansfield — October 23, 2015 @ 12:13 am | Reply

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