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Facebook: An online environment for learning of English in institutions of higher education?

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Internet and Higher Education Volume 13, Number 4, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Facebook (FB) is currently considered as the most popular platform for online social networking among university students. The purpose of this study is to investigate if university students consider FB as a useful and meaningful learning environment that could support, enhance and/or strengthen their learning of the English language. A survey was carried out with 300 undergraduate students at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang. It was found that the students believed FB could be utilized as an online environment to facilitate the learning of English. Nevertheless, teachers or language instructors have to integrate FB as an educational project with pre-determined learning objectives and outcomes for the learning experience to be meaningful. It is suggested that future research should focus on the meaningfulness of FB to students' language learning experiences.


Kabilan, M.K., Ahmad, N. & Abidin, M.J.Z. (2010). Facebook: An online environment for learning of English in institutions of higher education?. Internet and Higher Education, 13(4), 179-187. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved April 3, 2020 from .

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