Top 10 things English teachers do on Twitter
How teachers of English are using twitter professionally and personally
When I tell people that I use twitter for work purposes I often hear this complaint: “I don’t get twitter.”
Many people think twitter is just for mobile phone users or that twitter is a waste of time. When you first check out twitter it may seem a bit pointless. What can you actually say in 140 characters? Pardon me for using my grade 6 grammar teacher’s least favourite phrase but the short answer is “a lot”.
Top 10 things English teachers do on Twitter:
- find ideas for teaching and writing
- share free links and resources
- increase blog readership
- get a TEFL conversation started
- learn a foreign language
- get business advice
- ask questions to teachers in other countries
- search job postings
- make friends with other teachers
- waste time
If you’re worried that #10 will easily become #1, assign yourself a twitter limit. 15 minutes a day should be all you need for a quick update, search, and RT of your favourite tweets. You may also want to find a few minutes each week to unfollow those who are just chirping.
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.