Arab World English Journal (December 2020) Theses ID 268 Pp. 1- 54
The Role of Social Media (YouTube and Snapchat) in Enhancing Saudi EFL Learners’
Listening Comprehension Skills
Wed Nasser Al Harbi
English Language Center,Taif University
Taif, Saudi Arabia
Author: Wed Nasser Al Harbi
Thesis Title: The Role of Social Media (YouTube and Snapchat) in Enhancing Saudi EFL Learners’ Listening Comprehension Skills
Institution: English Language Centre, Taif University
Year of award: 2019
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Inayat Ullah Khattak
KeyWords: EFL, listening comprehension skills, social media, Snapchat, YouTube
Despite of the importance of listening in EFL learning and teaching, this skill is not getting as much attention as other skills. Therefore, learners are less motivated to depend on their listening comprehension as a tool to help them in the process of language learning. Social media, especially YouTube and Snapchat, can be effectively used as a pedagogical tool to enhance the listening skills of EFL learners, compared with other traditional audio recording tools. The objective of this research is to investigate the role of social media (YouTube and snapchat) as a method of teaching, in order to enhance EFL Saudi learners’ listening comprehension skills. The primary goal of this study is to know whether social media is capable of developing EFL listening comprehension skills, and gaining the deeper understanding of the presented materials. In addition, using these tools makes them familiar with the target language culture and it’s native speakers. In order to achieve this objective; the researcher used a mixed method to ensure the research validity: a questionnaire and a post-test.The participants of the study were 50 female students studying in English Language Centre at Taif University. They were randomly selected and they divided into two groups: the experiment group consisted of 20 female students and the control group consisted of 30 female students. The experiment group was instructed using (YouTube and Snapchat) as the control group using traditional audio method. Then there is a post-test is given to both groups to measure their listening comprehension performance. The findings of the study showed that using social media (YouTube and Snapchat) can enhance the listening skill of Saudi EFL leaners. The researcher recommends conducting more studies on other samples from different studies, age levels and from different environments like the schools or training institutes.
Cite as: Al Harbi, W.N. (2019). The Role of Social Media (YouTube and Snapchat) in Enhancing Saudi EFL Learners’ Listening Comprehension Skills, English Language Centre, Taif University.(M.A.Thesis). Retrieved from Arab World English Journal (ID Number: 268 .December 2020. 1- 54.
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