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Pages: 6206-6212
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-695-3491-5
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain

THE USE OF FACEBOOK IN LEARNING JAPANESE LANGUAGE IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

L.S. Yeoh, T.S. Tengku Mahadi

Universiti Sains Malaysia (MALAYSIA)
Facebook (FB) is currently considered as the most popular platform for online social networking among university students and it is confirmed that Malaysia has the highest FB usage in South East Asia. With this in mind a study was conducted to investigate the benefit of the usage of FB in learning Japanese language in institutions of higher education.

This study investigated if FB as a useful and meaningful learning tool was able to support and enhance the students’ learning of Japanese language. The project involved 32 undergraduates enrolled in a intermediate language course of Japanese Language Minor Program in a local institution of higher education in Malaysia. This project explored how the students used FB for academic purpose to enhance their learning. The role of teacher was coordinating activities, monitoring group progress and encouraging reflection on language and content. All major components of the Japanese language class-based lesson remained the same as in the previous semesters. The FB group functioned as an alternative space for student discussion outside of class, not a replacement for Japanese language lesson or any other course components. Teacher as the monitor of the FB group found all 32 students to be active participants in every activity initiated in the FB group.
It was found that FB facilitated the learning of Japanese language. Data collected from interviews suggested that students will use FB as an alternate mode of communication and the enjoyment of level of learning Japanese language was enhanced further.
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L.S. Yeoh, T.S. Tengku Mahadi (2012) THE USE OF FACEBOOK IN LEARNING JAPANESE LANGUAGE IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, EDULEARN12 Proceedings, pp. 6206-6212.
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