Social media is a universal language

I recently hosted a little meet up to talk about social media (thanks to Mashable’s great idea). Our group was small but interesting. Two of the attendees teach English to international college students who have had little or no exposure to English.

Most of our conversations were about the various social media apps that can be used on our smart phones that make it easier for us to stay connected 24/7. But we also talked about how social media is one way that just about all students use to interact — no matter what language they speak.

“They may not know English,” one teacher said, “but they sure know how to text.” And they use Twitter and Facebook like we do here, so social media is one way of reaching students in a way they can understand.

It’s nice to know that learning doesn’t always have to come from a book, and it is even better to know that these teachers recognize that.

We’re meeting again on Aug. 24. Please feel free to join us — no matter what language you speak.


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