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We've all heard the stories: the student who turned in a writing assignment entirely in "Textese" ... the New Zealand Qualifications Authority allowing students to use text speak on their examinations (though some would argue that "proper English" became foreign to New Zealand a long time ago) ... and now this, among my own students.
Good students today are effectively bilingual: they turn on the Textese when conversing with their friends, then turn it off when it's time to write a paper.
Jude, is a vividly drawn 29-year old slacker cad who speaks in Textese ( "soz, all a bit biz") and whose priorities extend only to endless games of Call of Duty, surfing, and living in