Mahammed Bouabdallah, Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Westminster, has been interviewed by Nicole Kobie for the New Scientist’s article titled ‘Twitter is being used in classes to help students learn Arabic’.

Mahammed Bouabdallah found in his research that Twitter was a useful tool in teaching a new language, with 80 per cent of surveyed students responding positively to its use.

In the article Bouabdallah explains that Twitter is effective because it is interactive, allows students to track their progress by looking back at mistakes made in older tweets, and is more appealing than formal digital learning platforms such as Moodle or Blackboard, which students don’t log into unless they have been set an assignment.

“If we can do it in Arabic, which is quite hard to learn in terms of script and structure… then you can do it with other languages,” he added.

Read the full article here.

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