Published: March 9, 2017

Smartphone open on the Facebook app with the words social media in scrabble letters next to itThis week in LGTC 5030, we are exploring the challenges and opportunities of integrating social media in the language classroom. How can we safely leverage the language learning potential of tools such as Instagram or Twitter? What features of social media are conducive to language learning? Do students need to create separate accounts? How do we manage privacy? Prevent cyberbullying?

To answer these questions, we will read a variety of articles including On the attractiveness of social media for language learning by Katerina Zourou where the author reviews three main characteristics of social media (user participation, openness and network effect) and their implications for language learning; several articles and projects proposing concrete classroom activities such as Twitter fiction or using Instagram to practice grammar structures. We will also read an article written for the FLTMAG by Trent Hoy, current certificate student where he proposes various social media projects organized by level of proficiency and modes of communication.

At the end of the week, students will select a social network and design a sample lesson plan that leverages its unique features and language learning affordances.

LGTC 5030 is a 10 week course on technology and language learning where each week is dedicated to a new topic. It is offered fully online and can be taken as a standalone course (worth 3 graduate credit) or it can count towards the 12 credit certification in language teaching with technology offered by the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.

If you would like to learn more about the certificate program, join us March 15th at 4:30pm for a general information webinar