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Some people say that texting (using SMS) and 'chatting' online is making our spelling worse. I want to find out if this is true. Please answer these questions.

Your answers will help me write my book 'Teaching Spelling to English Language Learners'.

* 1. How old are you?

* 2. Do you:

  Every day or nearly every day A few times a week Less than once a week Never or almost never
send text messages on a mobile phone?
use Twitter?
use Facebook, My Space or other social networking sites?
'chat' on the web?
write emails to friends?
write more formal emails?
write essays, reports, press releases, formal letters?

* 3. Do you use short written forms, for example, 'u' for 'you', 'coz' for 'because', '2' for 'to', when you...

  Yes No Sometimes Not applicable
send text messages on a mobile phone?
use Twitter?
use Facebook, My Space or other social networking sites?
'chat' on the web?
write emails to friends?
write more formal emails?
write essays, reports, press releases, formal letters?

* 4. Do you use CAPITAL letters at the beginning of sentences and punctuation ( . ? )at the end of sentences when you ...

  Yes, (usually or always) No , rarely or never Sometimes Not applicable
send text messages on a mobile phone?
use Twitter?
use Facebook, My Space or other social networking sites?
'chat' on the web?
write emails to friends?
write more formal emails?
write essays, reports, press releases, formal letters?

* 5. Do you check and edit your writing before you send it when you...

  Yes, usually or always No rarely or never Sometimes Not applicable
send text messages on a mobile phone?
use Twitter?
use Facebook, My Space or other social networking sites?
'chat' on the web?
write emails to friends?
write more formal emails?
write essays, reports, press releases, formal letters?

* 6. Are you studying English?

* 7. Do you teach English?

* 8. If you are a teacher, do your learners use text and chatting language inappropriately in their school/academic work?

* 9. Is there anything else you want to say about whether texting and chatting affects how people spell?

Thank you very much. The information will help me write the book 'Teaching Spelling to English Language Learners'. Please write your email address below or write to me at johanna.stirling-at-gmail.com if you would like to know when it is published (early 2010).

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