Title: Perception of Using Social Media in Improving Art Education Students’ English Language Skills
Stream: Language and Cultural Studies
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Ratna Yunita, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Ponorogo, Indonesia
Tirta Dimas Wahyu Negara, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Ponorogo, Indonesia
Social media has become an integral part of life, including in education. This study investigates the effectiveness of using social media as learning media to improve students’ English as a Foreign Language (EFL) skills from the learners’ perspective. The research covers two fundamental issues: the extent to which social media affect students’ language skills and how social media can improve students’ English language skills. The research was done at three universities in Indonesia. A questionnaire was distributed to 45 undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Art Education. Results show that Art Education students believe that social media improves their English language skills positively. They also reported that students use a lot of social media in learning EFL through various activities, for instance, by describing their artwork in English. The findings also reveal what kind of social media which have been frequently used as English learning media. Therefore, social media can be one of the learning media for EFL students to improve their English language skills.
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