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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Social media English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Educational technology;

Abstract

Incorporating digital tools to support English writing instruction is a growing area of interest as technology advances and students become more submersed in it. This review addresses how social networks, specifically Facebook and Wiki, can be used to support writing to increase students’ writing skills as well as students’ perceptions and attitudes towards using these tools for writing. Peer-reviewed research studies published between 2008-2016 were selected for analysis. Results of these studies suggest that students have positive perceptions and attitudes towards using Facebook and Wiki for collaborative writing and results demonstrate these tools help improve students’ English as a second or foreign language writing skills. Future recommendations include considering group dynamics before implementing a collaborative tool, guide students to look at writing as a whole and not just on content, and teaching students how to provide quality peer feedback when implementing Facebook, Wiki or other digital tool. Keywords: social media, classroom instruction, language acquisition, Facebook, wiki, digital tools, writing, ESL, EFL, collaborative writing

Date of Award

2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Leigh Zeitz

Date Original

2017

Object Description

1 PDF file (41 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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