Mobile social networking in language learning: a transformational tool
Author: Al-Shehri, Saleh
Source: International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, Volume 5, Numbers 3-4, February 2011 , pp. 345-359(15)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Most EFL (English as a Foreign Language) contexts have been characterised as traditional teacher-directed language learning setting. This indicates the need for a practical incorporation of more student-centred approaches. Mobile social networking is relatively new to the fields of study investigating different student-centred practices. This study investigated the potential of mobile social networking in maintaining an effective learning environment and in creating meaningful learning opportunities that cater for students' needs and promote student-centeredness and collaborative learning. The study concluded that mobile social networking played a major transformational role and enhanced the shift from a traditional teacher-directed EFL instruction to a more collaborative, enjoyable, and above all, student-centred instruction.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2011-02-01
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