Tumblr as a medium to improve students' writing skills

Melor Md Yunus, Hadi Salehi

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Abstract

The implementation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become one of the vital current phenomena especially in education. Generally, the integration of social networks into learning has proven to enhance students' participation which has led them into an interactive learning. In language teaching especially in an ESL context, such integration is needed to enhance students' interest towards language learning and motivate them to improve their language skills. The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to examine the use of Tumblr as a medium to improve secondary school students' writing skills and second, to identify the factors which support the effectiveness of using Tumblr as a medium. To achieve the purpose of the study, a validated questionnaire was administered to 30 teacher trainees who were randomly selected from TESL undergraduate students in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The findings showed that about two thirds of the respondents agreed that Tumblr, as one of the social networks, can be used as an effective medium in teaching writing skills. Moreover, the majority of the surveyed teacher trainees stated that different features in Tumblr can motivate and help students to learn interactively via internet. However, some limitations might prevent teachers from using Tumblr as an effective tool in teaching and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-389
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences Research
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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  • Social network
  • Teacher trainees
  • Tumblr
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Tumblr as a medium to improve students' writing skills. / Md Yunus, Melor; Salehi, Hadi.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences Research, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.2012, p. 383-389.

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