Twitter for language learning: the learners’ view

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Rebecca Ferguson
17 May 2016

Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

Language Learning was quickly identified as a subject area that could be enhanced by the use of Twitter. Among the many possible uses of Twitter beneficial to language learners, there are linguistic benefits (noticing vocabulary, expressions, idioms and grammar), cultural benefits (access to native speakers and insight into their routines, opinions, media and general interests), and social benefits (extending learning outside the classroom, social presence and distribution). Other benefits for language learning include opportunities to participate in online communities, and searchable authentic language in context, language tandems and learning about current affairs, politics or culture, engaging in language play and posting homework and brief questions to respond to, intercultural information and exchanges as well as raising awareness of popular culture, humour, and sharing experiences of visiting a target language area.
A number of studies have looked into the use of Twitter for language learning, but these have mostly been small scale evaluations carried out by teachers researching the effectiveness of their own initiatives to use Twitter with their own students. To date, there has not been a large quantitative study of how language learners use Twitter independently. This paper reports on a large-scale study of language learners who use Twitter: the participant profile, their practices (how often they use Twitter, how, where, using what devices, in what language), and beliefs about how helpful Twitter is as a tool to contribute to their language learning experience. The study was carried out using an online survey and promoted through Twitter. The results show that participants use Twitter often, learn vocabulary and facts about the areas where the target language is spoken, and have positive beliefs about the use of Twitter to improve their knowledge of the language they are learning.


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Alexandra Grayson
4:46pm 8 September 2017 (Edited 9:45am 21 September 2017)

Everyone seems to be going for the gusto when, in reality, we all need to learn to compromise and provide opportunities for a balanced and healthy learning environment. Meaning, we should strive to provide both traditional classroom sessions in addition to the online curricula and blended learning that's gaining so much steam in recent years. In today's society, you can break students up into four categories: 1) Those who lack social skills but thrive within the online paradigm. 2) Those who possess strong or adequate social skills but may exhibit illiteracy within the world of computers. 3) Those who have a healthy balance of interpersonal skills and are computer literate. 4) Those who are lacking on both sides of the spectrum. At the end of the day, as educators, we should all be striving towards addressing these issues by putting our effort in coming up with proactive measures to deal with such serious problems plaguing our school systems. The embarrassment lies in our inability to work with one another and expending so much energy attempting to prove who's right or wrong when we should be figuring out how make both worlds blend in a harmonious manner. It won't be easy and it definitely will not happen over night; but let's start focusing our energy on the real issues such as advocating for logical policies that will help strengthen our students, classrooms, and overall educational development. True youth development plays a major role in all of this. Our students have needs that range from safety, belonging and membership, the ability to contribute, and an entire slew of other factors. Let's focus our energy on addressing these needs, building relationships, and brainstorming innovative ways to get our students interested and involved in learning. Finally, relativity is critical if you want true learning to take place


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Vivek Kumar
5:34am 12 October 2017

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