P339: Advantaging chemistry education through chat slangs for improved learning of chemical symbols [WITHDRAWN]

Author: H. Oluwatola Omoregie, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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Date: 8/4/14

Time: 3:05 PM3:25 PM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S30

Some language and communication teachers have continually challenged the increasing usage of chat slangs as a major hindrance to good communication especially writing skill among students. This information and communication age that is driven by the use of mobile phones and internet facilities open users to many abbreviation words that have been regarded as somewhat detrimental to learning. However, from the perspective of a chemistry teacher whose overriding objective was the enhancing of learning outcome in the classroom, this paper identified some chat slangs used for everyday conversation as beneficial to the teaching of chemical symbols. When applied in the classroom setting, this method intrigued the students, improved their interest and enhanced their performance in chemistry tests. This method has also promoted an extension in the community of chemistry education because more and more students have become interested in classes that were hitherto regarded as boring and uninteresting.