Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 6. July 2020 Pp.157-170
Learning Arabic Media Related Vocabulary through Twitter at the University of Alabama
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA
Community Child Center/Headstart/ECEAP Program
Pullman, WA, USA
This research paper aims to investigate the effect of utilizing Twitter in a foreign language classroom and how it would affect students’ attitudes towards learning Arabic media related vocabulary. The researchers used qualitative and quantitative methods as a methodological approach to the study. The subjects of the study are American undergraduate students studying Arabic for their third semester, 11 participated in the study. The participants were asked to open Twitter accounts in order to practice reading up-to-date tweets from global news agencies. Participants took pre and post-tests, then were asked to take a questionnaire; a structured interview was also carried out along with reflections to have a better understanding of the students’ attitude towards the use of Twitter in the classroom. The data were gathered throughout the semester and analyzed qualitatively and the participants’ responses were coded for certain themes and then analyzed. The findings indicated that the students had a positive attitude towards the use of Twitter in learning vocabulary for specific topics -in this study media/political-related vocabulary- in the foreign language classroom. In addition, the quantitative data used as confirmation and showed vocabulary gains after the Twitter treatment. The study’s findings can be applied to any foreign language and can have important implications and recommendations for language teachers and educators in the field. The findings will add valuable recommendations on how to integrate social media platforms in a foreign language classroom.
Keywords: Arabic, Foreign Language Learning, Twitter, University of Alabama, Vocabulary learning
Cite as: Bushaala, S., Elnaili, S., Ali, M.& (2020). Learning Arabic Media Related Vocabulary through Twitter at the University of Alabama. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (6). 157-170.
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