The Use of Twitter Amongst Female Saudi EFL Learners

Norah K. M. Alsharidi

Abstract


Twitter is a popular microblogging site amongst the Saudi population, which means that Saudi EFL learners are now increasingly connected with millions of native English speakers and other EFL/ESL students. This paper shed light on the use of Twitter by female Saudi EFL learners to determine their English learning practices and their perceptions beyond formal learning contexts. Specifically, the research determined the manner by which the participants’ social interactions over Twitter can help with second language (L2) development and the factors that drove them to choose this site to support their L2 learning. To this end, 25 Saudi adult females who were at different levels of study at a local health sciences university in Saudi Arabia were recruited. Underlain by a mixed methods approach, data collection was implemented through survey questionnaires administered to the EFL learners, amongst whom three participated in additional semi-structured interviews. The researcher has provided few recommendations for the future research where use of Twitter in education and its implications for the purpose of teaching.

Keywords


Twitter, Microblogging Site, Web 2.0, Social Interaction, Authenticity, Conscious, Cubconscious, L2

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.7n.4p.198

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