Year 2019, Volume 4 , Issue 2, Pages 173 - 193 2019-12-31

EXAMINING STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN TERMS OF THE UTILIZATION OF WHATSAPP IN LEARNING EFL VOCABULARY
EFL KELİME ÖĞRENİMİNDE WHATSAPP'IN KULLANIMI AÇISINDAN ÖĞRENCİLERİN ALGILARININ VE BAŞARILARININ İNCELENMESİ

Meriç GÜRLÜYER [1]


This study mainly aims to find out whether there is any significant change in first year students’ perceptions and any significant improvement in their learning EFL vocabulary via WhatsApp. To this end, eight-week long vocabulary learning through this application was implemented to the students. 79 students participated in the study from a state university. To answer the inquiry of the current study, they completed a pre- and a post- vocabulary knowledge test to identify their performances in learning EFL vocabulary, and a questionnaire to examine their perceptions. Findings showed statistically significant differences between the mean scores in favor of the students. Furthermore, the results showed that this improvement in learning EFL vocabulary performance may be largely attributable to WhatsApp application. Students’ perceptions towards this application proved to be positive.
Bu çalışma temel olarak, birinci sınıf öğrencilerinin WhatsApp aracılığıyla algılarında önemli bir değişiklik ve EFL kelime öğrenmelerinde önemli bir iyileşme olup olmadığını tespit etmeyi amaçlamaktadır. Bu amaçla, öğrencilere bu uygulama aracılığıyla 8 hafta süren kelime öğrenme uygulandı. Bir devlet üniversitesinden 79 öğrenci çalışmaya katıldı. Mevcut araştırmaya cevap bulmak için, öğrenciler EFL kelimelerini öğrenmedeki performanslarını belirlemek için bir ön- ve son- kelime bilgisi testi ve algılarını incelemeye yönelik bir anket doldurdular. Bulgular ortalama puanlar arasında öğrenci lehine anlamlı fark olduğunu göstermiştir. Dahası, sonuçlar EFL kelime öğrenme performansındaki bu gelişmenin büyük ölçüde WhatsApp uygulamasına atfedilebileceğini göstermiştir. Öğrencilerin bu uygulamaya yönelik algılarının olumlu olduğu kanıtlanmıştır.
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Primary Language en
Subjects Humanities, Multidisciplinary
Journal Section Research Articles
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0003-1236-9676
Author: Meriç GÜRLÜYER (Primary Author)
Institution: KAFKAS ÜNİVERSİTESİ
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : December 31, 2019

APA Gürlüyer, M . (2019). EXAMINING STUDENTS’ PERCEPTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN TERMS OF THE UTILIZATION OF WHATSAPP IN LEARNING EFL VOCABULARY . Kafdağı , 4 (2) , 173-193 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/kafdagi/issue/51260/661338