This is a study on PMA cadet lingo, a language of encryption acquired by the cadets of the Philippine Military Academy upon entry for training as cadets. It is brought with them well after graduation as it becomes deeply entrenched into military psyche and culture.
This study determined (1) linguistic forms, processes, and meanings of cadet lingo; (2) how cadet lingo affects the learning of English as perceived by cadets, content, and English teachers; (3) instructional materials that can be developed to offset cadet lingo to be more comparable to Standard English; (4) how the materials are evaluated by the English teachers along content, student practice, and activities; and, (5) how effective the instructional materials as perceived by the cadets along goals and activities.
The research methodology is descriptive. The main corpus of cadet lingo studied were those found in cadet publications, those listed by some 200 fourthclass cadets during the summer of 2005, and those contained in an unpublished anthropological research conducted by a UP research team. A five-point scale was used to determine perceptions on the effect of cadet lingo, and for the evaluation of the instructional materials.