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Facebook - a valuable educational tool

I would like to summarize the very positive experience I have had with Facebook vis a vis promoting and "teaching" English as a Second Language.

First, I began using Facebook about 5 years ago. Anyone can create a group to invite people to become members.  So I created a number of groups to learn English: Songs, Pronunciation, Literature for Reading, and Grammar Lessons. I would add something to each group every week. Gradually people started to join and now the Songs and Reading groups have over 3000 members.

At the same time I joined a number of Teachers' groups including the group started by David Rosen. - AEFE.

One feature that Facebook offers is its Chat. Here you can send texts and you can also call someone and talk or you can click on the video camera and start a video chat. This morning I visited an English class of a friend in Guadalajara who is using my program and I "met" all her students. I have been invited back to give a test!!!

About a month ago, Facebook added a Live Streaming feature, which I used a few times to discuss issues with learning English along with some lessons. One session was "visited" over 1000 times in one day!! But usually about 200 or so visit within a week.

 So - if you add it all up, Facebook can actually become the class and it changes the definition of Distance and Blended Learning. It is fascinating and very enjoyable and extremely interesting and - useful. 

Paul Rogers

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David J. Rosen's picture

Thanks Paul. This is very exciting. Those who would like to join the (private) Adult Educators Using Facebook for Education (AEFE) Facebook group, co-hosted by Susan Gaer and me, can email me and I'll invite you to join.

David J. Rosen

djrosen123@gmail.com

 

 

finnmiller's picture

Hi Paul, I love your creativity in using technology tools to address the needs of adult learners. Many people for a variety of reasons cannot attend a typical face-to-face English class. Creating a class on Facebook gives those adults a chance to learn English with others an online community that has a lot of flexibility. I agree with you, Paul, that Facebook can also serve as a way to offer extra support and engagement for students who do attend a face-to-face class.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP
 

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