Topic: Social Media

Topic: Social Media

Understanding Vocabulary on Social Media

  • Understand the vocabulary related to social media, such as “las redes sociales” (social networks), “los mensajes” (messages), “compartir” (to share), “seguir” (to follow), “publicar” (to post), “subir” (to upload), etc.
  • Review specific vocabulary related to technology and the internet to boost your score.

Discussing Pros and Cons of Social Media

  • Discuss the positive and negative aspects of social media. For example: “Las redes sociales permiten la comunicación instantánea” (Social networks allow instant communication) and “El ciberbullying es un problema serio en las redes sociales” (Cyberbullying is a serious problem on social networks).
  • Use a variety of phrases to present balanced arguments, such as “por un lado…por otro lado” (on one hand…on the other hand), “aunque” (although), and “sin embargo” (however).
  • Use language of uncertainty when talking about potential drawbacks or advantages of social media, “quizás” (perhaps), “puede ser” (it can be).

Frequency and Variations in Social Media Usage

  • Talk about the frequency of social media usage, along with reasons. E.g., “Uso Instagram todos los días para compartir fotos con mis amigos” (I use Instagram every day to share photos with my friends).
  • Describe how different age groups use social media differently. You might say, “Los jóvenes usan Snapchat más que los adultos” (Young people use Snapchat more than adults).

Social Media’s Role in Shaping Identities and Culture

  • Debate the role of social media in shaping identities and culture. For instance: “Las redes sociales pueden influir en nuestra percepción de la belleza y la moda” (Social networks can influence our perception of beauty and fashion).
  • Discuss privacy and security issues related to social media: “Es importante proteger tu privacidad en las redes sociales” (It’s important to protect your privacy on social networks).

Showcasing Linguistic Abilities

  • Use variety of sentence structures and vocabulary to showcase your linguistic abilities, and don’t forget to use both informal and formal register where appropriate.
  • Remember to practise verb tenses, especially the present, preterite and imperfect, to discuss your personal experience with social media, past events and ongoing trends.
  • Try to make complex points, expressing and justifying your opinion, hypothesising and speculating. For example, you can talk about what would happen if social media didn’t exist or discuss potential future trends in social media.
  • Use connectives to make your points flow well “además” (furthermore), “por lo tanto” (therefore), “en realidad” (in fact).