MEC Marketing Assistant, Julian Chant, writes:

Have you heard about the Web 2.0 sensation known as Twitter?

Twitter is a free, web-based social networking program that allows users to quickly share small comments, or micro-blogs, with each other via SMS, instant messaging or a third-party application such as Twitterrific.

Although primarily used for social purposes, Twitter has found use as a modern form of cablese in political journalism as well as being utilized for educational purposes. Elena Bonito offers some useful language classroom applications such as asking students to open an account and post five entries a day, describing what they’re doing. David Parry from AcademHack has more ideas for Twitter in Academia, finding that Twitter encourages a sense of classroom community beyond the classroom space.

If you’ve tried Twitter before in or out of the classroom, we would love to hear any suggestions you might have for applications in ELT.

And if Twitter is new to you, Jenny Laycock’s guide to getting started with Twitter provides a step-by-step explanation of how to get the ball rolling. So, what are you waiting for? Encourage your students to start Twittering!

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