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Twitter is being used in classes to help students learn Arabic

作者:长孙猱缮    发布时间:2019-03-03 06:19:03    

Kacper Pempel/Reuters By Nicole Kobie Twitter can sometimes feel like a language of its own, but one lecturer is using the social media site as a tool to teach Arabic. In Mahammed Bouabdallah’s classes at the University of Westminster, London, students are set simple tasks using Twitter to complement their lessons. Bouabdallah publishes a photo or link and asks students to comment on it in Arabic, or runs a Twitter poll about events happening in Arabic-speaking countries and discusses the results in class. Sometimes, they will use Twitter’s built-in translation tool and judge its accuracy. “They have to tweet outside the class, and we discuss it inside the class,” says Bouabdallah. His own research suggests that Twitter is popular as a language learning tool, with 80 per cent of surveyed students responding positively to its use. Shy students in particular may benefit, he says, as they may prefer to be active online rather than in class. He will share his experience using Twitter to teach journalists Arabic at the BETT education conference in London later this month. However, some students don’t want to sign up for a social media account. “We have to respect that,” he says. The social media aspects of his classes therefore aren’t part of grade assessments, but are offered as an extra learning tool for students who wish to take part. Bouabdallah thinks that Twitter is an effective learning tool because it is interactive, allows students to track their progress by looking back at mistakes made in older tweets, and is more appealing than formal digital learning platforms such as Moodle or Blackboard, which he says students don’t log into unless they have been set an assignment. “But Twitter they do check,” he says. It can also help fill a gap in Arabic-English teaching resources for students with more specialised interests, says Bouabdallah, who struggles to find textbooks relevant to  fields such as business, media or medicine. Other research has also found that Twitter can be a useful tool in language education. “Studies have shown that Twitter enhances student engagement and improves communication between teachers and students,” says Lara Lomicka Anderson at the University of South Carolina, who published a review on the topic in October. Bouabdallah thinks his methods could be applied to other language classes, too.  “If we can do it in Arabic, which is quite hard to learn in terms of script and structure… then you can do it with other languages,” he says. Read more: Tweets and Reddit posts give snapshot of our changing language; Google Translate AI invents its own language to translate with The picture has been changed More on these topics:

 

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