Learning to speak through writing


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The case for microblogging with Twitter in the Foreign Language Classroom. Examples from a Spanish course.

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Learning to speak through writing

  1. 1. Learning to speak through writing   The case for microblogging in the language classroom<br />New Insights into the Study of Conversation Applications to the Language Classroom<br />University of Granada, Spain<br />May 26 – 28, 2010 <br />PilarMunday, Ph.D.<br />Sacred Heart University<br />Fairfield, CT, USA<br />
  2. 2. What is microblogging?<br /> A microblog entry could consist of nothing but a short sentencefragment, or an image or embedded video.<br />As with traditional blogging, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as "what I'm doing right now," to the thematic, such as "sports cars." <br />Some microblogging services offer features such as privacy settings, which allow users to control who can read their microblogs, or alternative ways of publishing entries besides the web-based interface. These may include text messaging, instant messaging, E-mail, or digital audio.<br /> <br />From WIKIPEDIA <br />
  3. 3. Microblogging platforms<br />
  4. 4. Setting up Twitter in the classroom<br />
  5. 5. How does it work?<br />2<br />1<br />
  6. 6. What were students requiredto do with Twitter?<br />Write at least four tweets and one @reply per week trying to use some of the vocabulary words studied in class*.<br />Complete a weekly questionnaire about their weekly tweets<br />* Based on Antenos-Conforti , 2009<br />
  7. 7. How was Twitter used in the end?<br />1. The normal Twitter use, to talk about what’s happening.<br />
  8. 8. 2. To have “spontaneous” conversations outside of class<br />
  9. 9. More examples of these conversations among students<br />
  10. 10. 3. To practice vocabulary<br />In class<br />Outside of class<br />
  11. 11. 5. To talk about homework or tasks in class I wanted them to do<br />
  12. 12. What about corrections?<br />Through a Direct (private) Message (DM) on Twitter<br />When possible, repeating the corrected version in the following tweets<br />
  13. 13. What kind of vocabulary was used in the students tweets?<br />Student #1<br />Student #2<br />
  14. 14. What about native speakers‘ tweets?<br />
  15. 15. In what other ways can students learn from Twitter?<br />
  16. 16. Students get realinput<br />They can follow famous people who may be of interests to them<br />
  17. 17. And also they can follow regular native users, with whom they can communicate<br />
  18. 18. And see how they communicate with other native speakers<br />
  19. 19. How are twitter interactions similar to “real” conversations?<br /><ul><li> Short
  20. 20. Deal with everyday life topics
  21. 21. Colloquial language used, including pragmatic markers (hala, hale, quéva)
  22. 22. Similar words are repeated often (pues, bueno)
  23. 23. Native speakers even “attempt” to add prosody (guauuuu, uffff, sííí, bueeeeno)</li></ul>How is it useful for language students?<br /><ul><li> Time management: mostly asynchronous but can also be synchronous
  24. 24. Mobility: Students can use their cell phones to interact
  25. 25. Stress reduction: The affective filter is lowered</li></li></ul><li>Students’ opinions about Twitter<br />Why?<br />Because just memorizing words isn’t enough, applying them to real parts of your day helps the words to stick in your head forever, not just for a quiz.<br />Twitter is something that relates to our life since it is similar to other social networking sites and it was easyto use. <br />I was able to see the different ways vocabulary words were used and seeing it from someone else's perspective and not just mine was very helpful.<br />
  26. 26. Students’ opinions about Twitter<br />I liked twitter because it allows you to incorporate spanish in your every day life. It is easy to manage and really does help with your spanish and using the vocabulary from the class.<br />I like it because it was a way to continue thinking in spanishoutside of the classroom. Instead of only talking in spanish for 2 1/2 hours a day, it was continued throughout the week<br />I enjoyed Twitter because it was an easy way to contact my classmates and the professor. It also allowed me to practice my Spanish outside of the classroom and with my classmates. Twitter was also easy to use and I recommend it for other Spanish classes or just regular classes so that they can contact one another.<br />
  27. 27. For more information:<br />Microblogging on Twitter. Social Networking in Intermediate Italian Classes - EnzaAntenos-Conforti<br />“Tweaching” with Twitter - Jennifer Rafferty’s Digital Pedagog’s Blog<br />Twitter in Education: How & Why - David Hopkins<br />
  28. 28. Thanks to my friends:<br /><ul><li>@AliyCia
  29. 29. @Mcrueda</li></ul>For questions, or comments, you can reach me at mundayp@sacredheart.edu<br />@mundaysa(PLN)<br />@SPCONV (Spanish classes)<br />
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