Do emojis deserve a place in the classroom?
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First the Emoji movie and now this: the claim that using emojis at school could improve language skills. It is fair to say emojis have deeply embedded themselves into our communication culture. Text terminology such as 'lol' has now been replaced by a laughing emoticon with tears streaming down its face. But has it all gone too far? Vyvyan Evans, a former professor of linguistics at Bangor University, believes these friendly faces have a positive role to play in the classroom. Implying these icons do not make young people unintelligent, but rather more dynamic as the use of emoji’s can add depth to conversations by filling in the blanks where interpretation previously lay. Yet the reality of the matter lies in the distinction between academia, and personal communication. Should emojis play a role in the development of academic text books and assignments? Probably not.
however boundaries should be established to demonstrate that the use of emojis are an informal tool of communication and there is a time and place for formal language within the academic sector.
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