August 25, 2013

Dartmouth Foreign Language Classes Embrace Twitter


Dartmouth foreign language classes embrace Twitter
Popular micro-blogging service is a fun—and effective—way to learn another language, students say
August 15, 2013

Foreign language professor Tania Convertini is thrilled to catch her Dartmouth College students complaining about homework or upcoming tests. She’s not eavesdropping—she’s reading their tweets, written in Italian and assigned as part of an effort to immerse students in the language 140 characters at a time.

Convertini, director of Dartmouth’s French and Italian language program, requires students to follow prominent Italian individuals, companies, and organizations on Twitter and to tweet among themselves in Italian. And while the approach is a nod to the younger generation’s obsession with smart phones, Convertini says she is not embracing technology just for technology’s sake.

Instead, she wants put students in charge of their learning, expose them to authentic language in real-life, real-time situations, and create a community that extends beyond the classroom.

Read on to learn how she is integrating Twitter into students’ instruction:

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