INFLUENCE OF INTERNET SLANGS ON THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ESSAY WRITING IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE

PROJECT INFORMATION

Format: ms word /  Chapters: 1-5 /  Pages: 67 /  Attributes: primary data, abstract, questionnaires and table of content

CHAPTER ONE

1.0      INTRODUCTION

1.1   BACKGROUND OF STUDY

The origin of Internet Slang can be traced back to the year 1975, which was long before the beginning of the Internet itself. The Jargon File (1975) began in Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence computer lab to define computer hacker terms (p. 1). The Jargon File (1975) further explains that “hacker culture” began the use of slang, “among hackers, though, slang has a subtler aspect, paralleled perhaps in the slang of jazz musicians and some kinds of fine artists but hard to detect in most technical or scientific cultures; parts of it are code for shared states of consciousness” (p. 2).

Preece (2001) spoke of the Internet as a place that allows people to communicate without distance being a determining factor for the utterance, and where they can share common beliefs through the Web (p. 29). Social media platforms, such as Facebook, are one of many web areas where people develop communities and form new ways of interpreting communication such as teens are doing today to communicate with each other.

The Cambridge Online Dictionary defines slang as “Very informal language that is used especially in speech by particular groups of people and which sometimes includes words that are not polite” (“Slang”, 2015). Social networking has allowed these communities to develop their own language (Tellaria, 2012, p. 2).

Further, Internetslang.com is a website that tracks and defines over 9,000 currently used Internet Slang terms and also tracks the top 10 trending terms (Internetslang.com, 2015). This makes it easy for teens today to understand and reference the Internet Slang language for their community there is literature that discusses the use of Internet Slang in the classroom and on academic assignments. In studying the topic of Internet Slang usage, the opinions of teachers have been found on both sides of the issue. There have been debates amongst teachers and scholars regarding the effects of Internet Slang used in secondary education (Krupnick, 2010; Tilley, 2009).

According to a Nielsen poll conducted in late 2008, teens in the United States send and receive, on average, 80 texts daily, a number that doubled in only one year. (Tilley, 2009). Brown, Campbell, & Ling (2011) have noted that teens primarily use smartphones for texting and less for voice calling, pictures, music, and video.

1.2   STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

There is a language of today that has grown in popularity with the age of computers, smart phones, and social media platforms. Internet slang has been used by many on line communities and has changed vernaculars through many of these communities during the years of the information highway’s lifespan.

Referring to language such as ROTFL (Rolling on the floor laughing), and the popular OMG (Oh my God), to name a couple of examples, within an extensive library of terms brought about by internet communities. This internet slang has impacted secondary education with teachers and scholars concerned with the writing skills of today’s youth. Finally, several research has been carried out on the influence of text messaging on measures of student writing but not even a single research has been carried out on the influence of internet slangs on the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language.

1.3   AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY

The main aim of the study is to determine the influence of internet slangs on the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language. Other specific objectives of the study include;

1.          to determine the extent to which internet slangs affects the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language.

2.          to determine the causative factors of internet slangs and its effect on the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language.

3.          to determine the influence of internet slangs over writing of essay in English language.

4.          to proffer possible solutions to the problems. 

1.4   RESEARCH QUESTIONS               

1.          What is the extent to which internet slangs affects the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language?

2.          What are the causative factors of internet slangs and its effect on the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language?

3.          What is the influence of internet slangs over writing of essay in English language?

4.          What are the possible solutions to the problems?

1.5   STATEMENT OF RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

H0:   Internet slangs have no significant effect on the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language.   

H1: Internet slangs have a significant effect on the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language.

1.6   SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY    

The study on the influence of internet slangs on the academic achievement of secondary school students in essay writing in English language will be of immense benefit in the sense that it will enable the school authority to take note of the students that are victim of using internet slangs; in that they are placing this internet slang into their academic work; though sometimes it could be difficult to totally eradicate the use of internet slangs among secondary school students but there is always a way of reduction. The study would enable the teachers to give a quality punishment to those that are still involved in the usage of the slangs. Finally, the study will contribute to the body of existing literature and knowledge to this field of study and basis for further research.

1.7   SCOPE OF STUDY

The study on the influence of internet slangs on the academic achievement of secondary school students is limited to essay writing in English language.

1.8   LIMITATION OF STUDY

Financial constraint- Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview).

Time constraint- The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.

1.9   DEFINITION OF TERMS

Influence:The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself.

Slangs:A type of language consisting of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.

Writing: Is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols.