Us­ing emoji at school ‘could im­prove lan­guage skills’

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Ban­gor, UK - Us­ing smi­ley face, hugs, and bro­ken heart emoji at school may sound like a strange idea but it could im­prove chil­dren’s lan­guage skills, ac­cord­ing to an ex­pert.

Vyvyan Evans, a former pro­fes­sor of lin­guis­tics at Ban­gor Univer­sity, thinks teach­ers should be us­ing more of the an­i­mated icons in class.

He ad­mit­ted peo­ple may find the sug­ges­tion ab­surd but said it was be­cause they didn’t un­der­stand how pow­er­ful emoji was.

He said, ‘Peo­ple that pooh-pooh it and turn their nose up and think it’s puerile and child­ish don’t un­der­stand how com­mu­ni­ca­tion works.’

He said in his new book, The Emoji Code, he didn’t be­lieve the an­i­mated icons made young­sters more stupid.

Pro­fes­sor Evans sug­gested if emoji were part of lessons they would stim­u­late some­thing we don’t at the mo­ment.

He added, ‘Emo­jis are ac­tu­ally mak­ing us more ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tors in the dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion space be­cause they’re fill­ing in some­thing that’s ac­tu­ally miss­ing… the non­ver­bal cues that tell us how the mes­sage should be in­ter­preted.’ So if he gets his way kids could soon be put­ting a thumbs up at the end of their sen­tences and not get­ting in trou­ble for it.

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