Arab World English Journal (November 2021) Theses ID 279 Pp. 1-96
Adult Saudi Students’ Practices and Perceptions of Utilizing Twitter for English Language
Learning in the UK
Meshari Muidh Alharthi
King Khalid Military Academy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Author: Meshari Muidh Alharthi
Thesis Title: Adult Saudi Students’ Practices and Perceptions of Utilizing Twitter for English Language Learning in the UK
Institution: School of Arts and Media, The University of Salford, UK
Degree: Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages and Applied Linguistics
Major: Applied Linguistics
Year of award: 2016
Supervisor: Dr. Huw Jarvis
ORCid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9155-2131
Keywords: TESOL, Social media, Saudi students, Twitter, English language learning
Twitter is one of the most widely used social media platforms in Saudi populations; however, research is limited regarding the efficiency, practices, and perceptions of utilizing this platform for the purpose of learning English. This study investigates the ways in which adult Saudi students in the UK use Twitter to learn the English language, and assesses the general practices and perceptions of the social media platform. Employing a sequential explanatory research design by conducting questionnaire and interviews for data collection and analysis, this study reveals that there are several opportunities for English language learning through the use of Twitter. Participants consisted primarily of digital residents who use Twitter to practice and learn English, and many noted that Twitter contributes to refined different language skills and an enhanced vocabulary. Therefore, we strongly recommend that instructors and educators encourage students to use Twitter in an English language learning capacity wherever access is possible.
Cite as: Alharthi, M. M. (2016). Adult Saudi Students’ Practices and Perceptions of Utilizing Twitter for English Language Learning in the UK, School of Arts and Media, The University of Salford, UK (M.A.Thesis). Retrieved from Arab World English Journal (ID Number: 279) Novermber, 2021: 1- 96.
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