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License CC BY 4.0

Using Twitter in EFL education

Abstract

For those who have been less tuned-in to Internet developments, Twitter (http://twitter.com) is the much-hyped phenomenon that is becoming increasingly widespread on blogs and websites all over cyberspace. It is represented by a little blue bird, which beckons viewers to “follow” site owners by clicking on it. Twitter users need not have a regular blog or website to use it, though; it can be used as a stand-alone communication system. This paper will give an overview of the main advantages of using Twitter for EFL, give some guidelines for teachers and students for getting started, and offer a list of activities for which Twitter can be used. Less pedagogical uses will also be outlined, as well as the broader, positive implications of using this microblogging application.

Citation

Mork, C. (2009). Using Twitter in EFL education. The JALT CALL Journal, 5(3), 41-56.