Hiroshima Studies in Language and Language Education Issue 23
2020-03-01 発行

Student Perceptions toward the Use of Facebook in English Writing Classes

The purpose of this study was to determine how popular utilizing Facebook is in English writing classes. Each of four university classes, totaling 81 first-year students in Japan, was matched up with one of four classes totaling 79 students in Taiwan, the US, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The students engaged in a “cross-culture discussion” for 10 weeks. The popularity of using Facebook was measured by A) A review of the literature, B) Counting the number of words students wrote, and C) Student-teacher questionnaires. It was found that some students—especially English majors—liked using Facebook, while about half of all the non-English majors rarely or never engaged in it. Yet, overall, it is thought that a lot of students improved both their English writing abilities and cross-cultural knowledge by using Facebook.
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