The article Celeb Twitter Mistakes Teach Brazilian Kids tells of one of the more innovative ways to get students interested in learning (and practicing) a foreign language. At an English language school called Red Balloon, kids correct the grammar mistakes of their favorite celebrities on Twitter. For instance, Rihanna recently tweeted:
She’s my rock so I hold on to she tight!!!
Yikes. Fortunately, young Carolina was there to help. She tweeted back:
Hi @rihanna! I love your songs. My name is Carolina. I’m 11 years old. It’s not to she, it’s to her. bye bye .
I don’t know how much this helps students learn English, but I love the attempt to make learning a foreign language both relevant (from the students’ perspective), fun, and technology-based. It’s also a lot more fun to correct other people than get corrected yourself. I remember how excited I was the first time I noticed grammatical mistakes on student papers when I taught in Mexico.