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 Volume 6, Issue 6 (June 2019), Pages: 66-69


 Original Research Paper

 Title: Functions and role of social media networks in learning a foreign language: A case study

 Author(s): Lamiha Öztürk *


 Social Sciences Department, Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep, Turkey

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The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the use of social media networks (SMN) by learners in teaching and learning a foreign language. To this end, we conducted a survey of a population of 176 learners. The collected data were analyzed via the SPSS for windows 26.0 program and an analysis of variance was applied to the data. At the coming of our research, first results have allowed us to identify the most popular social media network among student’s educational department of French at Gazi University in Turkey. The WhatsApp application due to its simplicity and rapidity of spreading of the information it offers is the social media network most used by learners. In addition to the spreading of information, the ability to share content is also one of the elements of the success of this application. Our analysis suggests that the presence and interaction of learners with teachers of the SMN course is also an important factor in the popularity of these SMN. Sharing educational content and support on SMN such as WhatsApp would have a positive impact on the academic results of community members. The presence and opportunity to interact directly with the teacher on the SMN platform encourages learners to practice and therefore to develop their production skills written in foreign languages. 

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 Keywords: Social media networks, Learning techniques, French foreign language, ANOVA

 Article History: Received 19 January 2019, Received in revised form 6 April 2019, Accepted 8 April 2019


Many thanks to all the students of Gazi University who have agreed to participate in our survey electronic. Thanks also to our sample witness who agreed to check the strength and clarity of our questions. Without them this study would never have succeeded.

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 Conflict of interest:  The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


 Öztürk L (2019). Functions and role of social media networks in learning a foreign language: A case study. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 6(6): 66-69

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