Two weeks ago, I decided to succumb to the temptation, and I created an account on Twitter.
And, oh boy, is it addictive! But in a good way.
Its intuitive and fresh interface allowed me to join some interesting discussion groups on bilingual and heritage education and language assessment. I am now connected to groups such as @Multi_Ling_Mat (Multilingual Matters), @actfl or @Lg_on_the_Move (Language on the Move), and I am constantly updated on new articles, promotions and language-related news.
As you may have imagined/read about, Twitter can also be used as an interactive tool in the foreign language classroom. By creating your own hashtag (#) or a username shared by all the members of the class, we can offer students a trendy way to be in touch with the most updated hispanic realities (news, music, culture, events...). The other day I stumbled upon this great page developed by a Spanish Instructor, in which he cited some of the ways in which we can implement Twitter in the classroom.This next site is less language-specific, but it includes a list of 50 creative ways to use Twitter in the classroom.
Below you will find a list of some of the users that I follow in connection with Spanish, language acquisition and pedagogy:
1. Educación INTEF @educaINTEF Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías Educativas y de Formación de Profesorado del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte.
2. SpanglishBaby @spanglishbaby Online resource & community for parents Raising Bicultural and #BilingualKids
3. LARC SDSU @LARC_SDSUOpen Door to Language & Culture/ Mission: Develop & support the teaching & learning of foreign languages in the US through research, technology, & publications.
4. Multilingual Matters @Multi_Ling_Mat We publish titles on applied linguistics, multilingualism, second language acquisition, language education and translation.
5. COERLL @COERLLThe Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) produces and disseminates OER to support language teaching and learning.
6. ACTFL @actfl The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages provides vision, leadership & support for world language teaching & learning at all instruction levels
7. CASLS @CASLS_NFLRCCASLS integrates technology and research with curriculum, assessment, professional development, and program development.
8. Language on the Move @Lg_on_the_Move Language learning, bilingualism, multilingualism, cross-cultural communication, social inclusion, justice, human rights, tourism, migration, transnationalism
9.CALPER @CALPERPANational LRC at the Pennsylvania State University. Developing materials, conducting educational sessions. Your source for info on language learning & teaching.
10. INFOLING.org @infoling Infoling distribuye informaciones sobre eventos científicos, novedades bibliográficas y ofertas de trabajo.
11. Bilingualism Matters @BilingualismMat Advice and info on bilingualism from researchers at Edinburgh Uni
12. RAE @RAEinforma La Real Academia Española (RAE), fundada en 1713, vela por el buen uso y la unidad de la lengua española, patrimonio común de 500 millones de hispanohablantes.
13. Ele que Ele @ElequeEle_es Este es el Twitter de http://www.elequeele.es , blog informativo del mundo ELE, aquí podréis encontrar todas las novedades publicadas en el blog y más sorpresas.
14. CVC. Inst. Cervantes @cvc_cervantesInstituto Cervantes: Canal de novedades del Centro Virtual Cervantes y sus portales de contenidos.15. Todoele @todoele Sitio web para profesores de español como lengua extranjera.
16. LSA @LingSocAm The Linguistic Society of America
Whether you're interested in assessment, different uses of technology in the classroom or the implementation of different types of instructional techniques, this website will provide a wide array of information and resources that will keep you entertained for hours.
Located under the University of Minnesota's domain, The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively.
This is a blog where I will collect all types of resources for linguists and language teachers.