Written by: Xuân Phi, 17/10/2022
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 18/10/2022
Question: Many people now use language in a less formal way than in the past. Why is that so? Does this development have more advantages or disadvantages?
(IELTS Academic – 13/10/2022)
Recent decades have witnessed the growing use of informal language in a variety of contexts. This can be attributed to an inclination towards verbal communication and the prevalence of the Internet. I am more inclined to the view that the drawbacks, such as lower academic results and reduced formality in enterprises stemming from this tendency, are more significant.
Firstly, there are two main reasons why informal language is increasingly preferred in the contemporary world. The first one is that many individuals today prefer spoken communication. Face-to-face conversations, which naturally involve more informal language, are more likely to be prioritized today since they are convenient and fast. Another explanation is that the proliferation of the Internet and mobile devices greatly reduces formal language use. Online, texting language often includes emojis, idioms, figures of speech, typos, and abbreviated words. As most businesses transition to online forms of communication including email and video calls, formal forms of language as in physical letters, have become relics of the past.
However, the prevalence of informal language engenders two critical negatives. First and foremost, this development can adversely affect the academic performances of students. Many students today tend to utilize informal forms such as abbreviated words or slang in essays and assignments that require a greater level of formality. Consequently, their academic results are often lower on standardized tests, potentially affecting their overall learning progress. The second drawback is a possible lack of formality in business contexts. For instance, if a contract between two companies is written in an informal manner, it would not only appear unprofessional but it might also lead to legal challenges as to the validity of the document.
In conclusion, more people use language in a less formal manner these days due to the convenience of oral communication and the advent of the Internet. Nevertheless, I am of the opinion that this trend has more downsides as it can pose a threat to learning outcomes and business dealings.
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|An inclination towards verbal communication||Khuynh hướng giao tiếp bằng lời nói|
|The proliferation of the Internet and mobile devices||Sự phổ biến của Internet và các thiết bị di động|
|Texting language||Ngôn ngữ nhắn tin|
|Abbreviated words||Từ viết tắt|
|Transition to||Chuyển sang|
|Relics of the past||Di tích của quá khứ|
|Critical negatives||Tác động tiêu cực nổi bật|
|Academic performances||Kết quả học tập|
|Standardized tests||Các bài kiểm tra tiêu chuẩn hóa|
|The validity of the document||Tính hợp lệ của tài liệu|