Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 15. Number 1, March 2024                                             Pp.77-90
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.6

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Expanding Horizons: Harnessing Social Media Platforms to Teach English as a Second
Language

Nermeen Singer
Department of Media, Faculty of Graduate Childhood Studies,
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Email: Nermin.Singer@chi.asu.edu.eg

 

Received:09/08/2023         Accepted:02/26/2024                 Published: 03/20/2024

 

Abstract:
This review article explores the potential of social media platforms in teaching English as a second language and expanding language learning horizons. The article discusses various strategies and activities that utilize social media to enhance language learning, such as using multimedia resources, leveraging interactive features and tools, and promoting authentic language input and exposure to native speakers. Language teachers present success stories and case studies highlighting the implementation of social media in teaching. The review also examines research findings and measurable impacts of social media on language learning, including increased language proficiency, enhanced intercultural competence, and improved motivation and engagement. Additionally, the article addresses challenges and considerations associated with social media use, such as privacy concerns, managing information overload, and promoting inclusivity in access to technology. The article concludes by emphasizing the transformative potential of social media in expanding language learning horizons. It highlights the importance of social media in creating dynamic and interactive learning environments beyond traditional classroom boundaries. Furthermore, the article discusses the future implications of social media in English as a second language education, emphasizing the need for educators to stay informed, adapt to emerging trends, and explore innovative approaches. Overall, this review article underscores the significance of social media in language teaching and the opportunities it offers to enhance language learning experiences. It provides insights and recommendations for educators and researchers interested in harnessing the potential of social media platforms for teaching English as a second language.
Keywords: Authentic language input, English as a second language, interactive features, language learning,
multimedia resources, social media platforms

Cite as:  Singer, N. (2024). Expanding Horizons: Harnessing Social Media Platforms to Teach English as a Second Language. Arab World English Journal, 15(1): 77-90.  DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.6

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Received: 09/08/2023  
Accepted: 02/26/2024  
Published: 03/20/2024 
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4913-4523
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.6  

Dr. Nermeen Singer is a globally recognized academician specializing in media and children’s culture. Currently serving as an Associate Professor at Ain Shams University’s Faculty of Graduate Childhood Studies, she focuses on media psychology and educational media, particularly addressing learning difficulties in children, especially those with special needs. Dr. Singer’s impact extends beyond the academic realm, as evidenced by her ORCID profile (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4913-4523) and Web of Science ResearcherID (L-7321-2018), solidifying her position as a respected authority in the field.