Developing Listening And Reading Skills Through Social Media Using Apps release_33gdqog3ynfitnm4qnj3iweepa

by Manjusha Susan George

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We live in an era where we have numerous possibilities to learn English language using technology and online<br> resources. Most of the time efforts are put in to emphasize the enhancement of the productive skills, speaking<br> and writing, leaving the receptive skills, listening and reading which in reality play a great role in the<br> development of productive skills, untrained. Social media can be effectively utilised for enhancing the listening<br> and reading skills of ESL learners using its potential to engage learners beyond the traditional classroom<br> scenario. According to Chartrand (2012), social media generate meaningful outlet and stimulate learners'<br> interest which would result in effective language acquisition. This paper is based on a survey conducted among<br> a few college students and their teachers in Kerala on their use of social media for learning and teaching<br> purposes. It also make an attempt to demonstrate how the most commonly used social media like Facebook<br> and WhatsApp can be used as a platform for improving listening and reading skills of ESL learners at tertiary<br> level with the help of a few apps that can be downloaded from Google Play Store. Listening and reading skills<br> enhancement via social media under the guidance of a teacher promotes autonomous learning as the learner<br> can access materials wherever and whenever he/she wants and learn at his/her own pace.
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