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    Default Re: Students use texting language in papers at university. Help!

    Okay, when I read my last post it sounds really rude, but I will leave it as it is. I still mean what I said, but I will admit that I am frustrated and that I might be exaggerating. There are great teachers in American schools, I know that from my year as an exchange student. There are bad and indifferent teachers in Denmark, I know that too. The problem probably isn't the teachers but the system. Teachers here have too many students and not enough resources.
    I also believe that anyone who takes the time to visit forums like this on their own time do it because they care about doing a good job, so what I said before probably doesn't apply to anyone reading this.
    Even though I don't understand why anyone would hand in an essay that reads like a text message I do understand that students who see that a lot of their teachers are only making a minimal effort will try to get by that way too.
    I just want to pull out my own hair when I read a paper with great contents that I can't give anything over a C for because of the spelling. Especially since I have no idea how to help the students improve their writing and I know that if they leave my class without showing improvement that it will be my fault more than theirs.

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    Default Re: Students use texting language in papers at university. Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiBarber View Post
    ...I read a paper with great contents that I can't give anything over a C for because of the spelling.
    Say that to your students. Take my seasoned advice: They, not you, are responsible for their grades. Correct their work accordingly. Give the papers a C and explain why.

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    Default Re: Students use texting language in papers at university. Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    They, not you, are responsible for their grades.


    It's sad that this is being undermined in many places.

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    Default Re: Students use texting language in papers at university. Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post


    It's sad that this is being undermined in many places.
    I had no idea it was even an issue.

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    Default Re: Students use texting language in papers at university. Help!

    The way the university looks at it is that it is less likely to have a class of fifty stupid students than it is to have one bad teacher. Of course that is too simple a way of looking at it, but if none of my students show improvement then I do feel responsible.

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