Teaching Spelling through Instagram

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Abstract

Instagram has revolutionized the way in which young people relate to each other. However, its use is often penalized in educational centers, making its presence as an educational tool in the subject of Spanish Language and Literature scarce. To propose improvements, we carried out a case study focused on spelling with students in their 4th year of secondary education. Three mixed groups from a public school (seventy-one students in total) participated in the study. The results of the spelling activity show that the students of these educational levels (14 and 15 years old) are more receptive to integrating spelling when examples and explanations are found on Instagram. Our work is an invitation for teachers to accept and incorporate the educational potential of social networks as a strategy that improves students’ learning and increases their motivation.