What Are the Purported Benefits of Social Media as an Instructional Tool in ESL Learning?
Recorded: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 6:50 pm HST
Duration: 20 mins
With the rise of social media, pedagogical research on its use in education has also increased and many researchers discuss the benefits of integrating it into the English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum. These benefits include increased immersion in the English language, better teacher-student rapport and interaction, and higher student self-confidence. However, are these studies representing an objective view of both social media’s purported benefits as well as challenges? In a roundtable discussion, participants will consider excerpts from different studies making these claims and discuss possible challenges and solutions facing adoption and implementation of social media within the ESL classroom. During the Blackboard session, participants will be given time and space on the presentation slides to type their thoughts and responses to queries and discussion prompts.
Chester is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is interested in social media, linguistics and education.