Exploring the Effect of Social Media on Language Proficiency for IIUM BENL Undergraduates
Akmyr Syahar Azwar b. Abd. Kadir
English Language & Literature
Kulliyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
English for Academic Writing
Madam. Teh June Li
Date of submission: 13 December 2013
This paper explored the effect of social media on language proficiency specifically IIUM BENL undergraduates. A total of 32 English undergraduates participated in this study where all of them responded by answering a set of questionnaire made and distributed through the Google Drive. The questionnaire was divided into two parts to entirely meet the objectives of this paper which are; to find out student's awareness of the relationship between social media and language ability, and to determine the impact of social media on language ability. The result of this study is important to measure the consciousness of students and consequence of social networking sites on their language ability. This research found that, instead of affecting student’s language skill, the positive effects of these social networking sites outweigh the negative ones. Overall, social networking sites advancement offered a new platform that presented substantial opportunity for students to learn language at anywhere and anytime for everyone. It is crystal clear in this research that social networking sites affected student language performance both negatively and positively.
Keywords: Language proficiency, student’s awareness, social networking sites, language performance. Exploring the effect of social media on language proficiency for IIUM BENL undergraduates University students are the cream of the country. Every single aspect should be taken in order to create a great legacy in history for future pride. This is because we use past memories to build the future legacy. In this current era, university student is the backbone of the country. Without them, a country will not have bright future. In advance, without proper education taken by them will lead to failure in prospering country in the future as well. Since the year 2000, the Internet has evolved drastically offering millions of many things to surf for. Everything is at the tips of our finger. The World Wide Web has made it so easy for knowledge gain in terms of time, money, and effort. The Web, which is one of the services that runs on the Internet, varies in term of the function catered to the world. The Internet has the potential to provide language learners with vast resources of knowledge that are made available which offers a range of option for users to choose from. Some users opted for entertainment, sports news, economics related articles and etc. Social media, being one of the components available on the Web, received an outstanding response especially by teenagers and young adults. Advances in technology, particularly in the emergence of social networking websites, has formed new prospects for language learners to acquire knowledge in genuine ways that were impossible before. According to Thorne (2010) “One of the main reasons for the immense popularity of social networking is the process of potentially maintaining and developing online relationships” (n.d). For them, it is not only a way to view pictures of friends such as Facebook, view short messages on Twitter, or post video on YouTube, whereas it is a form of expression, interaction, and community building. Clearly, this innovative method provides massive advantage for language learners indirectly as they simply can improve their language capability only by surfing the net. However, there is a widespread belief that social networking sites are to blame for poor language ability among students. With the advent of more varied communications channels via social media, English language has adapted incredibly well where creation and adoption new forms of language happen...
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