The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is still strongly discouraging students from using anything other than full English, but says credit will be given if the answer “clearly shows the required understanding”, even if it contains text speak.
I think I’m a hardliner when it comes to English. You have either spelt CONSTANTINOPLE correctly or you have spelt it incorrectly. I don’t think there should be a gray area around this. Otherwise what’s the point in having a written English exam?
I don’t agree with ‘oh we know what little Johnny means when he writes “I woz goin on a trip n I forrrrt I saw a burd.”‘ So you don’t damage little Johnny’s self esteem? Nonsense. Little Johnny’s going to get a wake-up call when he enters industry.
It’s that, or give every student Microsoft Word’s spell-check facility.