[caption id="attachment_128725" align="alignleft" width="150"] The Twitter assignments start with a workshop on how to perform Twitter searches and filter results.[/caption]

Foreign language professor Tania Convertini is thrilled to catch her Dartmouth College students complaining about homework or upcoming tests. She’s not eavesdropping—she’s reading their tweets, written in Italian and assigned as part of an effort to immerse students in the language 140 characters at a time.

Convertini, director of Dartmouth’s French and Italian language program, requires students to follow prominent Italian individuals, companies, and organizations on Twitter and to tweet among themselves...

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