Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023 Pp.165-176
Social Networks and Language Applications, Other Means of Learning?
Students of English at Tlemcen University
Mohamed El Amine DENDANE
Faculty of Letters and Languages, Maghnia University Centre, Algeria
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Department of English, Faculty of Letters and Languages
Tlemcen University, Algeria
Received:10/10/2022 Accepted:12/13/2022 Published: 01/20/2023
In recent times, at the turn of the 21st century, there have been significant developments in the use of technological advances for teaching languages. Following the use of traditional language laboratories, and then the emergence of computer-assisted forms of language teaching, language-oriented social networks such as YouTube and Facebook and other types of language applications have been used for that purpose, particularly in teaching English. Learners’ attitudes are aroused in significantly different ways compared to feelings about traditional forms of language teaching, including learner-centered approaches. One aim of this paper is to elicit learners’ interest in Internet use and to consider the degree to which social media and language applications enhance in-class formal learning. This study brings forth learners’ digital experience in the use of social media and we argue that it will raise awareness as to the importance of these media in improving their language skills. We thus attempt to explore the extent to which language learners benefit from their out-of-class Internet use. A small-scale survey, based on an online questionnaire addressed to Algerian students of English at Tlemcen University, reveals increasing interest in using such applications and social networks outside the class and their positive attitudes towards English in virtual spaces, particularly when having the possibility of discussing with native speakers. The results also show that communicating with others allows them to share intercultural aspects and mutual understanding. Indeed, respondents’ positive attitudes towards mixed-culture conversation are attention-grabbing and significantly encouraging. However, it is believed that such informal, non-systematic methods of teaching/ learning a foreign language can only complement formal teaching in class with non-virtual teachers.
Keywords: English as a Foreign Language, Language applications, Social media, Online learning
Cite as: DENDANE, M. E., & DENDANE, Z. (2023). Social Networks and Language Applications, Other Means of Learning? Students of English at Tlemcen University Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Communication and Language in Virtual Spaces, January 2023: 165-176.
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