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Language register: What is it and why does it matter in education?

from By: Erick Herrmann

From Nov. 24: Many teacher and parents today lament a lack of formality in student language, especially writing. Ask any educator about the use of so-called "texting language" in student writing, and you will likely see eye rolls, a pained look on their face, hear a sigh or complaint about the decline in language. What students may not understand, however, is language register — different language and levels of formality are used in different situations and scenarios. more

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