A Study of EFL Students' Attitudes, Motivation and Anxiety towards WhatsApp as a Language Learning Tool

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 5. July 2019.

10 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2019

See all articles by Jamal Kaid Mohammed Ali

Jamal Kaid Mohammed Ali

University of Bisha - Department of English

Wagdi Rashad Ali Bin-Hady

Hadhramout University - Department of English

Date Written: August 3, 2019

Abstract

This study aimed to explore the impact of WhatsApp on enhancing Saudi EFL students' language skills and areas. It also investigated EFL students' attitudes, motivation, and anxiety towards learning English via WhatsApp. The sample comprised 55 male and female students studying English at the College of Arts, University of Bisha, Saudi Arabia. A closed-ended questionnaire was used to collect quantitative data from the sample. The results revealed that WhatsApp has a positive impact on learning English as a foreign language with a score of 3.9 as an overall mean. Students’ attitudes towards using WhatsApp for learning English scored 3.4, while the impact of WhatsApp on motivating EFL students to study English scored 3.6 in total. It was also found that WhatsApp reduced students’ anxiety with a score of 3.8 as the overall mean. Based on these results, the researchers suggest that WhatsApp should be activated at all stages of English language learning and teaching.

Keywords: anxiety, attitudes, English language learning, mobile language learning (MLL), motivation, WhatsApp

Suggested Citation

Kaid Mohammed Ali, Jamal and Rashad Ali Bin-Hady, Wagdi, A Study of EFL Students' Attitudes, Motivation and Anxiety towards WhatsApp as a Language Learning Tool (August 3, 2019). Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 5. July 2019. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3431782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3431782

Jamal Kaid Mohammed Ali (Contact Author)

University of Bisha - Department of English ( email )

Saudi Arabia

Wagdi Rashad Ali Bin-Hady

Hadhramout University - Department of English ( email )

Yemen

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