Learn English on Twitter

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Is it possible to learn English on Twitter? Well, I don't think it's possible to learn difficult concepts, but I DO think it's possible to practice your English and learn English from others on Twitter. 

What's Twitter you ask? Twitter is a tool that you can use to send messages of up to 140 characters to a group of followers while you also follow others. To understand, here is a video called Twitter in Plain English which provides a good introduction.

Tips for Tweeters

  • Use Twitter to follow the news in English.
  • Ask followers to check if you've made any mistakes to start a conversation.
  • Follow your favorite authors and teachers to keep up to date on their latest items.
  • Challenge yourself to write send three tweets a day in English to practice.

Twitter Tips for Teachers

  • Choose a special hashtag (#youchoiceofhashtag) for your class. Make sure students are aware of your hashtag so they can do a quick search for any new tweets.
  • Using a twitter account, tweet a short challenge such as writing a sentence in unreal conditional.
  • Using a projector in class, check students' answers to your questions.
  • Create a contest for the most original use of vocabulary words in a sentence.
  • Send out tips on articles students should read.

Follow Kenneth on Twitter

This is a great tool that works with any device that you use to connect to the Internet. The messages are short, and easy to read.

It's the perfect platform to practice English structure, idioms and phrases! The idea works like this:

  • Sign up for a free Twitter account
  • Once you've signed up, log in to your account. You can add a background, a picture of yourself and a short biography if you want.
  • Navigate to the Englishfeed Twitter Page and click on "Follow" which you'll see on the left hand side of the page
  • Begin receiving the updates on what we're working on that day, respond by writing an example using the grammar, idiom or structure of the day.
  • You can participate as much as you want. Here's a little explanation:

    You can sign up to only follow Englishfeed at Twitter - which means you'll get only what I post to the service. You'll get a notification of the grammar, idiom or structure of the day, some of my examples, and perhaps a few really good examples that I choose during the day. These will arrive as they are added to the service, so you'll be getting short 30 second English practice sessions throughout the day. If you want to see more, you can go to the Englishfeed twitter page to see the replies coming in.

    You can also sign up to follow other followers of the site by clicking on "followers" on the right hand side of the page. By doing this, you'll receive other people's examples automatically - a great way to improve your understanding of the target English of the day, and make new friends around the world.

  • From time to time, I'll post links to articles on the site that will help explain structures, idioms, etc. that we work on. I'll also be posting updates to http://esl.about.com as new study materials are added to the site.
  • To make it easier to follow the examples coming in, you can use a small application on your computer or mobile phone. I like to use Twhirl. There are many more on this page pointing to a number of Twitter applications.
  • You can also follow my updates by going to my Facebook page - please become my friend!

The main idea is to learn new vocabulary and practice your writing through participation. It won't take much time because you'll just have 140 characters to practice with. You'll get updates during the day if you follow people with other examples you can learn from. You can also use your cell phone, iPhone or other Internet accessing device to participate.