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• Social Media consist of interactive forms of media that allow users to interact with and publish to each other, generally by means of the internet.

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• Social Media Language Learning (SMLL) links interactive social media channels to language learning. • This enables students to develop communication and language skills.

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• Social media provides the learner with the possibility of participating in actual, real-time, relevant conversations taking place online, and practicing the target language with or without the help of an experienced teacher by his or her side.

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1. Importance of live and actual communication in the target language through interaction and updated content comprehension and production based on Social Media channels. 2. Students’ personal experience and interests play a defining role in learning, enabling relevant usage of language during and between classes with active participation of teacher and virtual community. 3. Fostering of social media communication skills at the same time as the language learning is taking place, in terms of editing, strategy, conceptualization, business insight, etc.
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Social media Tools

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• Web Logs or blogs are one of many forms of social media. • A blog is an online platform that people can use to express issues related to their lives and different viewpoints they may have.

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• Blogs can be used for language learning. The ability to comment on other peoples blogs as well as have people post comments on your own is key to blogging. • The development of a language is not normally the primary goal of the person who is participating in a blog but a blog is a place that can provide a foundation for reflecting on the language that is being written within it.
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• Blogs can increase a users language competence as well “blogs are egalitarian learning and teaching tools par excellence”. • When writing in a blog it is done to express feelings and to be creative but as a result language learning can be achieved.

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• Many MMO (massively multiplayer online) games cross national and linguistic boundaries. • They often have built in chat functions and enable participants to chat with players from all over the world who speak various languages. This can provide players with the opportunity to learn a new language—at least at a basic level—so they can participant more fully in the game with the other players.
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• The social interaction these players engage in while playing the game helps with their understanding of the grammar constructions and conversational ways of the language they are using. • Games transform the learning process from a passive task to one in which individuals engage actively in the experience of learning by focussing first on meaning.
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• Forms of social networking in electronic media have provided alternative contexts of language development • A number of social networking sites help individuals engage in language learning and interest.

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• Online interests groups influence language learning. • Participating in Internet interest communities has the potential to propel language learners beyond the confines of the institutional identity. Participation in these semiotically mediated communities may help to strengthen the ecological linkages between forms of language use and identity dispositions.
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• In the past few years, a series of language learning social networks have popped up, and they make learning more fun, efficient, interactive and interesting than usual. • The average language student can now turn an arduous task like studying into something enjoyable by meeting and interacting with native language speakers from around the world through these language education social networks.
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• Here are 7 truly impressive social networks for you to use if you’re trying to learn a new language. • 1- Livemocha • 2- Busuu • 3- Italki • 4- Palabea • 5- Lang-8 • 6- VoxSwap • 7- My Happy Planet
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• Livemocha is a social networking site which allows members to communicate and learn language skills. • According to the site, it has approximately 12 million registered members from 196 countries around the globe. • Over 400,000 users visit the site daily.

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• Bussuu is a language community that functions like a cool interactive game. • It offers free interactive lessons, exams, text and video chat, writing exercises, reading comprehension tests and many other features. • Users can write text in a foreign language such as Spanish and submit it to have a native Spanish speaker in the network correct their writing.

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• Italki.com, pronounced I-talk-I, offers an enormous community of speakers of over 100 languages from over 200 countries. • You can connect with new friends and language partners that speak the language you want to learn, find a language teacher, use the questions and answers section, and access a variety of other features to learn your desired language. • In addition to being a social network, there really is an impressive body of resources to be found in this site.
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• Palabea offers community based language learning with virtual classrooms. • Users can find friends and interact with them by audio or video conferencing, receive video and podcast lessons by accredited institutions, record their own lessons and upload videos to the site, and use translation tools powered by Babylon. • The user interface of this site resembles a fun game like environment and offers very intuitive features for chatting and finding new friends.
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• Lang 8 offers language students the ability to connect with native language speakers from 180 different countries. • Its focus is on writing correction wherein people can submit their writing to be corrected by other native language speakers and learn using this method. • This is extremely helpful for people wanting to write term papers for school or companies needing to translate their text in a reliable way.
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• This site is another social network that connects people for the purpose of learning a new language. • The site will match you up with a particular language speaker that also wants to learn the language that you speak and you can chat with each other to practice speaking , writing, or ask questions. • In addition, there are many videos compiled in the videos section of the site and an active forum split up into different language categories.

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• My Happy Planet offers a great way to find new friends across the globe to chat with. When I entered that I am an English speaker looking to learn Spanish, the site responded with 39370 Spanish speaking members that I can add as a friend or chat with. There are also many video lessons to choose from and many written lessons that other members have posted. There seems to be a very active and vibrant community here.
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Facebook

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• Facebook allows language barriers to be broken down. • According to the Social Networking in Education Wiki Facebook allows users to choose a "primary display language" for their account. • Even though the Facebook user can view information in his or her native language, their friends may write their profile information in another language, so the user may have to rely on other methods in order to understand the information presented in their friends' profiles.
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Twitter

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• If you’re thinking of learning a new language Twitter is the perfect place to start. It might be an unusual concept, but it really shouldn’t be. There are loads of ways the world’s most popular micro blogging platform can help you master a new language, as this article will show you. • There are loads of linguistic specialists to follow on Twitter ranging from professional services to amateur language bloggers.
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Conversational writing Connect students beyond class Unique & practical communication

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Microblogging – blog posts the size of an SMS message Conversation tool Web and mobile access Frequent updates
– What am I doing? – What am I thinking?

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Following conversations Folllowing people Twittering in a community Twitterature Twitter conversations in class

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Youtube

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• To get started, search within YouTube for your language of choice. Sift through the vast pool of available tutorials. Once you weed out the less helpful ones, you'll see there are plenty of educational channels dedicated to specific languages. (Check out the gallery below for some of the best channels and videos for language learning.) • The best practice for learning a language is to repeat popular words and phrases. But make sure to repeat out loud, not in your head — it's the only way to practice pronunciation and accent nuances. Most of the videos even pause and wait for you to repeat the phrase. And you can always rewind to work on troublesome words and phrases.

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