Social Interaction With English And American Culture Outside Of The Classroom

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The next part is to promote more engagement with English and the American culture outside of the classroom. In 2005, Bloome, Carter, Christain, Otto, and Shuart-Faris, studied university ESL students to determine the various levels of social interaction with the host culture in which they engaged. Unremarkably, some students engaged more than others. But those who had frequent out-out-classroom exposure reported that these conversations with native speakers improved their English proficiency more than classes, deepened their understanding of the host culture and helped shape their social identity in the new place (as cited in Johnson, 2015). These are all things I wish for my students. Therefore, I would like to see more opportunities and encouragement for our students to become involved in the English speaking community. Since school sponsored events have been counted out, I turned toward social media. While there are some applications designed specifically for educational communication, such as Class Dojo, I selected Facebook for several reasons. First, the majority of students are already using it as is visible with an observation of students before and after class and during breaks and this phenomenon transcends age and language group. Students from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, young and middle aged are already frequenting the Facebook world, but in their first language. Miron and Ravid (2014), in their Facebook Groups as an Academic Teaching Aid: Case

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