Today I want to invite you, world language teacher, to join colleagues on social media. Yes, there is a lot of information trending that it is simply a waste of our time. BUT, there is much more than makes it worthwhile.
Earlier this year, I became part of the Twitter chat group known as #charlaELE1. It is an international Twitter chat for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, conducted fully in Spanish. Before then, I had secretly perused the posts of two other main chat groups for world language teachers in the United States: #earlylang and #langchat. Yes, I was a lurker!
Now, the story is different. I have learned that taking the time to participate in these chats opens up a world of possibilities. We exchange information relevant to our practice, make new professional connections, have access to a wealth of information that we can reference at any time, and most importantly, we develop professionally from the comfort of our homes, offices, cars, or any other place where there is WIFI.
So if you have not joined the Twitter chat movement yet, don’t wait! Set up a Twitter account, look up hashtags relevant to your professional field or area of expertise, pencil it in on your calendar, and happy learning!