Effects of facebook tutoring on learning english as a second language

Albert C. Wang, Cheng Ping Chen

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Abstract

Social media use has become increasingly embedded in everyday life. Among various social media, Facebook is a highly interactive virtual social communication tool and it has become increasingly popular on college campuses. Research results have indicated that Facebook could be an effective platform for informal learning. However, most of current studies in the educational use of social media seem to pay more attention on college students or adults. This study, however, explored the effects of Facebook tutoring on learning English as a second language for children. 60 elementary students from a supplementary English tutoring program were evenly divided into Facebook tutoring group and traditional classroom teaching group. Instructional strategies of communication, collaboration, and information sharing were given to both groups. The results indicated that children participated the Facebook tutoring generally exhibited a positive attitude toward this new type of learning experience. The learning achievement for the Facebook group was also significantly higher than the traditional classroom group. It is concluded that providing with proper strategies, both student's learning attitude and learning achievement were positively affected by the Facebook tutoring.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013
Pages135-142
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 25
EventInternational Conference e-Learning 2013, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2013, MCCSIS 2013 - , Czech Republic
Duration: 2013 Jul 232013 Jul 26

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013

Other

OtherInternational Conference e-Learning 2013, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2013, MCCSIS 2013
CountryCzech Republic
Period13/7/2313/7/26

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Keywords

  • Facebook
  • Learning English as a second language
  • Social network
  • Supplementary tutoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Respiratory Care

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Wang, A. C., & Chen, C. P. (2013). Effects of facebook tutoring on learning english as a second language. In Proceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013 (pp. 135-142). (Proceedings of the International Conference e-Learning 2013).