Guerrilla Literacy Learners

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SOCIAL MEDIA AND LANGUAGE LEARNING

 

Social media is teaching the world English

Most of those reading it don't have time to unpack a textbook let alone a suitcase, they travel light. They want their language learning delivered on their smartphones in bite-size pieces twice a day. They want phrases, expressions and a differentiation between past tense with muesli in the morning and past continuous on the bus at night. "But they don't want it in a classroom", according to linguist Paul Gruba, of the University of Melbourne. "It's called media snacking," he says…

 

 

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