Research on the effectiveness of using WhatsApp
Submitted by Paul Rogers on November 2, 2019 - 6:00am
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David and everybody, in the summer I posted an article about using WhatsApp in adult ESL, and you raised a question about research which I could not answer at that time. Well, finally I found a research paper on the use of WhatsApp in teaching collocation to ESL students, see the summary below.
I am very interested to know if other programs include the use WhatsApp and smart phones in their classes. Considering the cuts in classes for beginning students, mobile learning can now be viewed as an effective way for working adults to learn English.
"Impact of WhatsApp on Learning Learning and Retention of Collocation Knowledge among Iranian EFL Learners" - "The results in each group were statistically evaluated and the findings manifested that the experimental group who used WhatsApp application in learning collocation significantly outperformed the control group in posttest. Thus usage of WhatsApp application to acquire collocations can reinforce and enhance the process of collocations acquisition and it can guarantee retention of collocations. This study also prepares pedagogical implications for utilizing mobile application as an influential instrument in learning a second language."