Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Student Research Paper 5: Level of Text Messaging Practice and English Language Proficiency of USEP Students

Level of Text Messaging Practice and English Language Proficiency of USEP Students
By : ALIM, OM., GUARINO, ECV., DELA CRUZ, SN.

This study aims to determine the significant relationship between the level of text messaging and English language proficiency among the students of the University of Southeastern Philippines, Obrero Campus. Similarly, it aimed to address and determine the significant difference in the level of text messaging practice in terms of text input technique, choice of words and frequency of use when grouped by department and gender and the significant difference in the level of formal English language proficiency in terms of writing, oral and reading skills when grouped by department and gender.

The study employed descriptive correlations as the research design. It involved one hundred (100) respondents from ten (10) college departments of the University. The research instrument used was a validated questionnaire that was also supplemented by series of interviews. It employed the average weighted mean, Pearson-r and ANOVA as statistical tools.

Based on the finding, there is significant relationship between the level of text messaging practice in terms of text input technique, choice of words and frequency of use and the significant difference in the level of formal English language proficiency in terms of writing, oral and reading skills.

If can be drawn that if there is moderately good and sound practice in test messaging, this can promote and impact a similarly moderate proficiency in formal English language. Text messaging being one prevalent platform of communication can help develop a fair proficiency in writing, oral, and reading skills if practiced with modest reserve and adherence to the conventions of English language.

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