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Tags: Schools & teaching, Words for Work, Young People

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  • Stacy replied on 21 Feb 2014 at 22:18

    The way students communicate with verbal language truly does affect their literacy advancement. One of the hardest things for me as a teacher is teaching students that they cannot write the same way that they speak. The grammar, word sounds in speech, and slang is incorporated into their writing pieces. This aspect of their writing is difficult to correct and change as they grow older. The will try to spell street like “screet” or “skreet.” They will also write sentences such as, “I aint got no pencil” or “What time it is?” These are acceptable ways of speaking when discussing topics with their peers, but not on a paper written for an important assignment. This post also touched base on how this affects a person’s employability when they reach adulthood. Students must learn how to spell words correctly on applications and resumes when looking for a job. The better they are able to write a resume, the better job they will get. Colleges will also look at their writing sample while reading their acceptance letter. Being a good writer is essential in today’s world. Often times, employers and colleges do not even meet applicants until after they have read multiple (sometimes hundreds) of applications and eliminated the applicants that did not present themselves as well as others.

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