Teachers' use of Facebook motivating Vietnamese students to improve their English language learning

van Rensburg, Henriette and La Thanh, Triet (2017) Teachers' use of Facebook motivating Vietnamese students to improve their English language learning. In: Mobile learning in higher education in the Asia-Pacific region: harnessing trends and challenges orthodoxies. Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects. Springer, Singapore, pp. 359-375. ISBN 978-981-10-4943-9


At the Ho Chi Minh University of Foreign Languages and Information Technology (HUFLIT) in Vietnam, students must enrol in eight intensive compulsory English courses (2 credits, equal to 30 hours per course) as required by their program. The National Language Project (2012-2020) uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as a framework of reference; and also requires all English second language teachers in Vietnam to reach an English level proficiency of B2 as indicated by the CEFR for primary and lower secondary school teachers; and CEFR C1 for upper secondary, high school teachers. As part of the National Language Project, blended learning was introduced to modernising language teaching, but unfortunately, the learning outcomes were not as positive as expected. The researchers introduced a social networking site, Facebook for language learning in an effort to improve learning motivation through mobile learning. This study is underpinned by Malcolm Knowles’ (1984) principles of andragogy as the science of adult learning. During the course, the researcher observed and examined participants’ learning participation and attitude using data collected by both qualitative and quantitative methods. This case study demonstrated that learning connections made through mobile learning, and virtual learning environments could have a positive effect on learning outcomes, and also increase students’ motivation as well as a sense of community.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 01:34
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 00:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Facebook, Vietnamese, motivating, English language learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-4944-6
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32878

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