‘Slanglish’ - the main culprit for students failing English GCSE

The UK’s leading online tutoring agency has revealed that the use of ‘Slanglish’ is now the number one reason why students are failing their English GCSE. The site surveyed more than 2,000 tutors, and discovered that students using slang terminology in exams is the most commonly cited reason for students failing the subject, a 282% increase compared to data from 2015.

Students in the UK are failing their English GCSE because they’re using slang terminology in exams, according to the UK’s leading online tutoring agency.

TutorHouse.co.uk surveyed 2,103 of its tutors and found that the number of tutors citing ‘Slanglish’ as the main reason students are failing the subject has increased by 282% since 2015.

Tutorhouse.co.uk has warned that ‘Slanglish’ could become an epidemic if data continues to show that students are failing GCSE English Language because of it, which is a required qualification for all students leaving education. 

Its internal research shows a 282% increase in the number of tutors citing the use of slang as the main cause of students failing English Language since 2015. It was the most popular reason given by two fifths (42%) of the tutors surveyed this year, whereas in 2015 just 11% cited it.

Tutorhouse.co.uk discovered that student use of slang terminology was their second biggest worry, beaten only by ‘changing syllabi’. English GCSE Teacher at chalk board

The survey asked tutors what they believed was fuelling the use of slang among students, with more than four-fifths (89%) answering ‘texting and autocorrect’.

Following the research, Tutorhouse.co.uk asked its tutors to submit the most commonly misspelt words and phrases they encounter, and has compiled a list based on the feedback:

Gonna – Going to

Summin – Something

Wanna – Want to 

V – Very

Ting – Thing

Members of the public can view the top 10 here: https://tutorhouse.co.uk/blog/slanglish-failing-english-gcse 

Tutorhouse.co.uk is London's leading tutoring agency, offering private home tuition for all Primary, GCSE, A-Level & University subjects and they are on a mission to change the way students and parents find trusted and qualified tutors. Their goal is to make tutoring affordable for all and allow every single student to benefit from individual tutoring, group retake courses and educational support, no matter their level or ability.

Alex Dyer, founder of Tutorhouse.co.uk, said,

“It’s no secret that technology is becoming an ever-more-present part of young people’s lives, and I don’t think anyone quite knows yet whether it’s a good or bad thing. On one side of the argument, technology is a great learning resource for children, and gives them access to new tools and information. However, it’s clear that children are spending more time than ever communicating via tech and on social media, which is certainly having an impact on their vocabulary development.

“Even though the full extent of technology’s impact on young people isn’t yet known, what our research shows is that tools like autocorrect are having a detrimental impact on spelling at the very least. As a tutoring agency we have first-hand experience in dealing with the ‘Slanglish’ epidemic, which will continue to impact results for students unless something is done.”


June 24, 2019

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