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Leveraging Interactivities on Social Networking Sites for EFL Learning

Liwei Hsu
Language Training Sector 81271 No.1, Songhe Rd., Xiaogang Dist., Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Abstract :
Social Networking Sites (SNS) have a high penetration rate among adolescents who are 
considered as the Net Generation. Many studies have shown that SNS can increase students’ 
motivation to learn. Therefore, more and more instructors are trying to incorporate SNS into 
their delivery channels in order to better their student’s learning outcomes. However, whether 
or not SNS effectively help students elevate their EFL learning performance still needs 
further investigation. This study plans to explore how EFL learners perceive SNS. A 
Facebook-based community of practice (CoP) was engineered by a group of English majors 
where English was the only language used. The study reports on a 3-month action research 
that monitored the EFL learners’ engagements in Facebook’s community of interest. The 
participants were forty-three English majors (N = 43), freshmen from a university in southern 
Taiwan, who have been actively using Facebook for more than a year. The results of the study 
presented an interesting aspect of the students’ engagements in the activities, which were 
greatly influenced by the nature of the instructional activities and the feedbacks posted by 
their peers. Furthermore, results of an AHP analysis pointed out that these EFL students 
preferred involvement in instructional activities via the Facebook platform. They valued the 
criterion of interactivities on Facebook, with the greatest weight obtained from an AHP.
Keywords :
EFL Learning, Social Network Sites, Community of Practice, Analytical Hierarchical Process

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 16:41

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 16:41

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/4063/3370

Volume 1, Number 3, - 2012 , ISSN 2325-0887

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