Face the Book & Facebook

Abstract

Blended learning focuses on combining a specific percentage of online curriculum and instruction in a face-to-face setting. In this study, the adoption of Facebook as an additional tool in teaching communicative English skills to prepare international students from non-English speaking countries for tertiary education in Malaysia is discussed; based on the Leapfrog Principle. The study aims to investigate the effectiveness of Facebook as a language teaching tool in Immersion English courses and examine the role of Facebook in new learning spaces and with today’s learners. Data for the study was collected via a teacher’s teaching journal followed by a recorded interview conducted with ten students in the pre-intermediate level; at the Limkokwing English Centre. The analysis of the data was done qualitatively. The findings of the study indicated that Facebook is perceived as an effective teaching means; in terms of both delivery and pedagogy in an Immersion English course. It is also believed to cater to a flexible and motivating language learning environment for the current day youths. In short; the integration of Facebook into the intensive English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course for adult learners, enriches the teaching-learning experiences.



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Angela Rumina Leo, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia

Paper Information
Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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