Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 4. December 2018                                        Pp. 108 -121
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no4.7

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WhatsApp: An Online Platform for University-Level English Language Education

 

 Mufleh Salem M. Alqahtani
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of English, College of Arts, King Saud University
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

C. Vijaya Bhaskar
Department of English
Anna University, Chennai, India.

Kesavan Vadakalur Elumalai
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of English,College of Arts, King Saud University
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

May Abumelha
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of English, College of Arts, King Saud University
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 

Abstract:
Technology has developed immensely and its role in the aspects of learning a language has grown bigger and bigger.  Among the university level students, WhatsApp at present is  getting into the frontline as one of the most widespread online social networking platforms concerning  to language learning. The research work undertaken tries to understand if university level students consider WhatsApp as a significant learning platform that can develop and support their language learning skills.  Moreover, , the research work focuses   on the routine practices or use of WhatsApp by students. The outcome of the survey data reveals that students consider that WhatsApp may be utilized as a teaching cum learning online platform to assist them in the process of language learning. They also highlighted the necessity of imitating language courses associated with WhatsApp, integration of technology through WhatsApp for the access of class materials with a set of objectives and outcomes explicitly focused on learning language to create meaningful experiences for students. Pedagogically, the study concludes by emphasizing the efficacy and prospective role of WhatsApp in improving the capability of students with regard to learning a language at university level.
Keywords: English language learning, e-learning, survey study, use of technology, WhatsApp

Cite as:  Alqahtani, M. S. M., Bhaskar,C. V., Elumalai,K.V., & Abumelha, M. (2018). WhatsApp: An Online Platform for University-Level English Language Education. Arab World English Journal, 9 (4), 108 -121.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no4.7

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Mufleh Salem M. Alqahtani, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Theoretical Linguistics
(Phonology) at King Saud University. He has obtained his MA in Applied Linguistics from the
University of Sussex in the UK and his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Newcastle Upon
Tyne in the UK. He has published articles peculiar to some phenomena in Somali and Persian
languages. He is a member in one of researched groups endorsed by Deanship of Scientific
Research at King Saud University.
(Corresponding author) https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2546-4584