Forming Learner Communities with Twitter in EFL Context
Tuesday, March 22 1:45 PM-2:05 PM Location: Scarbrough 3
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of Twitter, a social networking site, on forming online communities by students who learn English as a foreign language (EFL). The Twitter competition with different themes from curriculum for creative writing was conducted at Anadolu University, School of Foreign Languages for four weeks. For the purposes of the research, an explanatory sequential mixed methods design was employed. Quantitative data was examined through Social Network Analysis (SNA) and qualitative data was analyzed through content analysis of the tweets. Findings of this study showed that language learning is activated through Twitter, and this platform is convenient for interacting socially and forming community among the learners. Assuming that learning in general and language learning in particular is a social process, Twitter activity in this study proved to serve as a promoting platform enhancing writing activities outside the classroom.