Arab World English Journal (November 2021)                       Theses ID 279                                                    Pp. 1-96

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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:
Dr. Huw Jarvis
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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Meshari Alharthi is an academic staff at King Khalid Military Academy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tasmania in Australia. He received a bachelor’s degree in the English language with a minor degree in Education from Taif University in Saudi Arabia and an MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from the University of Salford in the UK. He is interested in language learning and social media platforms. 9155-2131