Don’t Fight Facebook in the Classroom: Use It!

Posted on 04. Apr, 2011 by in Language Learning

This weekend, Transparent Language attended NECTFL–the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Baltimore.  It was a great show, and we talked to hundreds of language instructors from across the country.  One of the most commonly asked questions was “How can I get my students as jazzed about language learning as they are about Facebook?” or “How can I direct my students’ attention away from Facebook so that they actually learn something?”  Good questions!  But we have a different question: How can we leverage this type of enthusiasm and direct it towards language learning?  Transparent Language has some ideas: have your students explore Transparent Language’s communities, like this Spanish group.  Or get them to sign up for our Word of the Day.  The possibilities are endless.  Don’t fight these new tools, but instead, use them to your (and your students’) advantage!

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