Using Social Network Sites in English Language Learning: Voices from Indonesian Higher Education Students

The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the Indonesian EFL students’ practices and understand their experiences with SNSs (social networking sites) as a tool for English language learning. To gather more information and gain a better understanding, the study used a qualitative case study. Forty-four participants were purposefully recruited and interviewed during the qualitative phase in order to further explain the qualitative results, develop a richly descriptive picture of their lived experiences utilizing social networking to enhance their English language learning, and identify the benefits of using SNSs. The report claims that students prefer to learn English through social networking sites. According to the interview, the majority of participants felt comfortable using YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook for English language acquisition. However, the participants found disadvantages of using the SNSs. Furthermore, they were more interested in viewing other people’s items than in having participated in a discussion or producing linguistic output. The findings also revealed that learners’ practices or behaviours in the SNS environment varied depending on variables such as situation, community, and the students’ interests and needs.

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