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July 11, 2010

What's Your Social Media Quotient ?

Everyone I know loves, hates, uses or avoids using social media. Whether it is Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or...

... a million others, we all seem to have our favorites, and least favorites.

For better or worse, these programs have changed every language on earth - how we use each language, and of course how we learn it or teach it.

Love them or hate them, these programs, apps, or whatever we call them, are here to stay.

To test your social media literacy, try this quiz:

As with every other aspect of learning, most students (and many teachers) will be at very different levels of competence and comfort when it comes to technology. It's an interesting parallel; our language shifts constantly and tech devices appear - and disappear - constantly. For example, Myspace, wildly popular only a few years ago, is considered by many experts to be the first "cyber-ghetto". Could Facebook be far behind?

How are you using social media? Does it make teaching and learning language (or anything) easier, more difficult or impossible?

I love poking around web sites that explore where our language comes from. I'll be posting more later - and if you have any favorites, let me know.

We are all always learning. And we, as well as the world around us, are always changing. And we never know what stray novel, song, poem or short story might shed some light on a situation or make us wonder or be thankful for the life we have.

It is always more fun to learn together, so let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foreign foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at July 11, 2010 10:35 PM

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