Degree of Exposure to Internet Slang Language and the Essay Quality of English as a Second Language (ESL) Learners

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Mary Ann N. Cahayon Cecile Genuino


The way we communicate and the nature of language have changed dramatically due to computer-mediated communication through social networking sites (SNS). Online slang, particularly in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context, has been under-explored in bilingual situations. This quantitative correlation study examines the relationship between English as a Second Language (ESL) learners' exposure to internet slang language and essay quality in 130 participants. The study aims to explore the implications of online slang usage in bilingual situations, highlighting the need for further research in Internet Linguistics. The current study found a significant association between the degree of exposure to internet slang, specifically in terms of time spent and online jargon, and the respondents' essay quality. Since SNS can create platforms that allow for participation while also facilitating observation and habit formation, it is vital to be aware of learners’ second language development, as it can be a valuable tool for language instruction. In conclusion, internet slang does not hinder the second language development of the students; it merely transforms it.

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