The Use of Facebook for Teaching Oral Communication Skills to English as a Second Language Students

ID: 50556 Type: Full Paper: Other
  1. Mohammed Debbagh and W. Monty Jones, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States, United States

Wednesday, June 21 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Location: Bell View on map

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Abstract: The teaching of English as a second language has moved toward the use of the Communicative Language Approach which emphasizes student engagement in social interactions and a focus on teaching oral language skills. Various technologies have been adopted in teaching oral communication skills including digital audio and video, social media platforms, and other Internet communication technologies. This article explores the implications and pedagogical affordances of using the group feature of Facebook as an instructional tool to teach English communication skills to speakers of other languages. The ways in which Facebook connects to the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Technology Standards for learners and the 21st century skills identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills will be explained to provide guidelines for using Facebook for future applications in language learning and teaching.

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