The Role of Facebook in Foreign Language Learning

Recently, the way languages are learned has been greatly influenced by technology. Both learners and professors are exposed to the Internet daily, so they can take advantage of it to teach and learn a foreign language. For this reason, it has become necessary to find ways to blend technology with la...

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Main Authors: Araya Ríos, Jacqueline, Espinoza Campos, Jorge Luis
Format: Artículo
Language: Inglés
Published: Escuela de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Costa Rica 2015
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Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/rlm/article/view/22349
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/23847
Summary: Recently, the way languages are learned has been greatly influenced by technology. Both learners and professors are exposed to the Internet daily, so they can take advantage of it to teach and learn a foreign language. For this reason, it has become necessary to find ways to blend technology with language instruction. This paper presents the findings of a study carried out with students who have been exposed to the use of Facebook in their English courses. It emphasizes the ways Facebook can be used as a means to promote learners’ autonomy, and summarizes the results of the implementation of this experience.