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The pros and cons of using facebook in ELT



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  • 1. The Pros and Cons ofusing Facebook in ELTBarbi Pál and Zsófi Lékai
  • 2. Background Digital natives – internet has an important role in their lives More than 400 million active users More than 200 million log in every day Average user spends 55 minutes per day on Facebook Average user belongs to 13 Facebook groups
  • 3. The QuestionShould we integrate Facebook (or other social networking sites) into education?
  • 4. The Pros Promotes collaboration Even shy students can open up Indirect way of creating a learning community Actively engages students Increases teacher-student, student- teacher interaction
  • 5.  Convenient way of communicating with parents Connect with native speakers Authentic cultural material Creating a class Facebook group ◦ Sharing information ◦ Commenting on others’ posts ◦ Sharing reading experience ◦ Posting homework Class projects (e.g. sharing reviews)
  • 6. The Cons Facebook addiction (multitasking, Facebook chat…) Privacy Issues (both on the teacher’s side and on the students’ side) Professional vs. personal relationships aren’t separated Teachers and students are „friends”?
  • 7.  Using the same site for personal (fun) and educational (not so much fun) purposes? Security problems There are students who are not on Facebook (or not active) Extremely time-consuming There are other ways of sharing files, material… (e.g. e-learning, class website, GoogleDocs…)
  • 8. Your opinionDo you think Facebook can be useful in ELT? Would you use it?
  • 9. SourcesBoth Pros and Cons kikoevezve-1Pros be-using-facebook-in-your-classroom/ classroom-seriously/ Facebook.pdfCons oktatas-ikt-diak-tanar gondolnak-a-diakok