HOW SOCIAL MEDIA HAS CHANGED ENGLISH
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If you’re looking at those and wondering what on earth we’re on about, you’re not alone.
English is by no means a young language and it has changed significantly since its early years. However, the past decade or so has seen a huge change in the way we use the language directly as a result of technological developments and the social media boom.
What this means is that the English we are using to communicate often looks nothing like standard English. Even native-speakers can have difficulty understanding text speak.
So how has social media changed the way we use English?
Well, the obvious change is the use of acronyms in place of words. Social media often has character limitations so acronyms were soon utilised in order to be able to say what you want to say with fewer characters. What is interesting is the fact that these acronyms are now no longer only used on social media and have become quite common in everyday English usage.
Then there are all the new words which have been coined to be able to talk about technology and phenomena which didn’t exist before or which have changed usage from their common meaning: think of selfie, hashtag, tweet, Google and unfriend. Amazingly enough, these words have become so widespread that many of them have been accepted into official dictionaries.
Social media and technology have clearly played part a part in shaping the English language in its current form.
Is this something we should worry about?
Of course not. Languages change all the time and even though many teachers deplore the spelling abilities of young people these days, claiming this is the result of social media, there is no real evidence that our linguistic abilities have suffered as a result of these new language trends.
Should we be teaching these words in our EFL classrooms?
Yes and no. It can be fun to point out the most popular acronyms to our students, but if they use social media in English they are probably already aware of them. Spending too much time on them may be a bit of a waste of time considering how much English they still need to learn, bearing in mind that we try to teach English which is useful for our students – which LOL isn’t, necessarily.
Our tip for keeping up with technology-speak in the EFL classroom? Do it for fun and when necessary but don’t sacrifice other language for it.
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If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.