Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 8(2), pp. 490 - 498
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080220
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Utilizing Social Media in Vocabulary Enhancement among Primary ESL Learners

Sutasini Sivagnanam 1,*, Melor Md Yunus 2
1 Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Kikir, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
2 Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia


ICT is one of the main mediums used in and out of classroom since Malaysian education system focuses on 21st century learning. This study aims to investigate how pupils utilize social media to improve their vocabulary and possible challenges faced when using social media as a medium to learn vocabulary. The respondents of this quantitative study comprise of 53 nine and ten-year-old students. The respondents were selected using purposive sampling method from a school in Batu Kikir, Negeri Sembilan. The questionnaire consist of 6 sections and the final section was divided into 3 parts according to the themes, the first part measured to see if students utilized the features available in social media, followed by challenges and finally motivation factor. The findings show that students utilize features on social media as an effective way to learn vocabulary and social media acts as a motivating factor for primary ESL learners to learn vocabulary. The result of this study could be useful for future research for English as Second Language Learners. Focus for further research can be about the challenges faced by students when using social media to develop vocabulary.

ESL Learners, Social Media, Vocabulary, Motivation

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Sutasini Sivagnanam , Melor Md Yunus . "Utilizing Social Media in Vocabulary Enhancement among Primary ESL Learners." Universal Journal of Educational Research 8.2 (2020) 490 - 498. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080220.