Social networking helps students get more English practice, make English-speaking friends, and find better jobs in the future. But is there any evidence that social networking improves the learning process? Yes! Research indicates that social networking provides five key benefits to ELT learners such as building more meaningful communities and personalizing the learning process.
This session provides an overview of the research and suggests practical ways instructors can incorporate social media lessons into their teaching.
In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of the classroom. She debates the pros and cons of this medium and looks at a variety of content that is currently available. She shares her experiences of creating some of this content, and discusses the early outcomes of these projects. Amy also considers the educational implications of widespread mobile phone availability, particularly in developing countries.
Many teachers have found that social networks and media can provide valuable support for their continuing professional development. However, knowing where to start can be a problem. Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere aren’t always easy places to move in and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of posts that appear and disappear in rapid succession. How can we make sense of them and identify the people we can most learn from? How do we set ourselves goals and keep track of where we’re going?
English rapper-poet Suli Breaks is out with a video that’s taking the Internet by storm, and young people are loving it.
“Why I Hate School But Love Education” has received nearly half a million views since it was posted to YouTube on Sunday. The young, educated artist takes a strong stance on schooling, urging the world’s youth to “understand your motives and reassess your aims.”
“Redefine how you view education, understand its true meaning,” Suli Breaks says. “Education is not just about regurgitating facts from a book on someone else’s opinion on a subject to pass an exam. Look at it. Picasso was educated in creating art. Shakespeare was educated in the art of all that was written. Colonel Harland Sanders was educated in the art of creating Kentucky fried chicken.”