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Developing Arabic writing skills using Facebook

Wan Ahmad, Wan Rusli and Mat Daud, Nuraihan (2011) Developing Arabic writing skills using Facebook. In: International Language Conference (ILC) 2011, 22-24 April 2011, International Islamic University Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Writing is a challenging task to many foreign language learners. This study describes an attempt to use Facebook to teach writing to Arabic learners. Facebook allows users to share messages, not only in one-to-one but also in one-to-many mode of communication. The thread of communication posted on the wall was analysed. The posts revealed that Facebook was widely used by students to communicate. A total of about 89 comments or feedback were given by peers for every writing activity, with an average of four comments made on each student’s work. Arabic was used by the students, and the feedback focussed on grammatical and spelling errors. The survey revealed that majority of the students preferred using the Facebook to develop their writing skills.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3257/4187
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arabic writing, facebook
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Depositing User: Prof. Nuraihan Mat Daud
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 12:28
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2012 15:34
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4187

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