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Students failing because of Twitter, texting By Susanna Kelley, THE CANADIAN PRESS
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TORONTO - Little or no grammar teaching, cellphone texting, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, all are being blamed for an increasingly unacceptable number of post-secondary students who can't write properly. For years there's been a flood of anecdotal complaints from professors about what they say is the wretched state of English grammar coming from some of their students. Now there seems to be some solid evidence. Ontario's Waterloo University is one of the few post-secondary institutions in Canada to require the students they accept to pass an exam testing their English language skills. Almost a third of those students are failing.
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Unformatted text preview: "Thirty per cent of students who are admitted are not able to pass at a minimum level," says Ann Barrett, managing director of the English language proficiency exam at Waterloo University. "We would certainly like it to be a lot lower." Barrett says the failure rate has jumped five percentage points in the past few years, up to 30 per cent from 25 per cent. "What has happened in high school that they cannot pass our simple test of written English, at a minimum?" she asks. Even those with good marks out of Grade 12, so-called elite students, "still can't pass our simple test," she says. Poor grammar is the major reason students fail, says Barrett. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Damian Dovarganes, File) What do think of social networking?...
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