Recent research shows that students who are frequently involved with texting are losing formal writing skills. So, how do teachers/parents help students improve skills? It is important to help students learn to read and enjoy well-written stories and texts. And it is important that the teacher/parent insist on correct spelling and grammar in all written classwork.
Use The Sounds Of Words to help struggling learners develop reading, spelling, and writing skills. Encourage learners to enjoy reading, and to frequently practice skills. Then, help students learn to spell words correctly and to write using correct grammar. Notify students that texting language is informal writing, and that they all classwork is to be formal writing. Then remind them whenever they stray from the standard, and expect them to make appropriate corrections.
As the student develops reading skills, spelling and writing skills improve.