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Volume 3 - Issue 2 - December 2019

Latest issue of Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics

Research Article

TITLE: Implementation of viber and messenger in the English language classroom: a comparison study

Authors: 

Anastasia Balla

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece

Email: anastasia94balla@yahoo.gr 

Grigoria-Eirini Moustaka

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece

Email:  reniamge@gmail.com

Chrysi Tsalgini 

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece

Email: chrysitsalgini@yahoo.gr

Published online: 24 December 2019, pp. 80-90

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Citation:

Balla, A., Moustaka, G.E. & Tsalgini, C. (2019) Implementation of viber and messenger in the English language classroom: a comparison study, Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics, 3(2), ALS House Publications. Athens, Greece, pp. 80-90.

Abstract

In the contemporary digital era, the use of Mobile Instant Messaging Applications (MIMA) in the classroom has revolutionised the learning process. Since students use MIMA in their everyday lives, it is interesting to explore whether these familiar tools can serve as effective means for English language learning. The present research aims to investigate the impact of the implementation of two MIMA, Viber and Messenger, in a Β2/C1 EFL classroom of Greek learners and to compare the two applications. This is achieved through the realisation of a three-week project with activities conducted through the two applications in the classroom. The findings reveal that both applications boost learners’ motivation and participation. Speaking and writing skills are promoted, with the latter being practised to a greater extent. However, distractions are possible to arise. It was also found that although Messenger offers more functions, Viber would ideally be selected for safety reasons.

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Keywords: Viber, Messenger, Educational Technology, English Language Teaching, Mobile Instant Messaging Applications

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