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Investigating the use of social networking services in Japanese EFL classrooms

Abstract

In this study, we investigated 92 university students’ perceptions toward the use of social networking services (SNS) in English classes based through a survey consisting of 30 items based on Warschauer (1996). Participants enrolled in three EFL courses offered at two universities responded to the questionnaire after they completed a one-semester course which included blog assignments on a SNS. Thirty items of the questionnaire were factor analyzed and three factors were extracted: (a) Communication and Empowerment through the Use of Computers, (b) Recognition of the Value of Computers, (c) Reluctance to Use Computers. Based on the results of the factor analysis and additional comments provided by students, various aspects of pedagogical practice and research in the use of SNS in English classes are discussed.

Citation

Kikuchi, K., & Otsuka, T. (2008). Investigating the use of social networking services in Japanese EFL classrooms. The JALT CALL Journal, 4(1), 40-52.