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11 Nov 2014

In Prague, NEU discussed the impact of social networks on foreign language learning

In Prague, NEU discussed the impact of social networks on foreign language learning

Distance Education Center Director Asst. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bicen represented the Near East University successfully at the 5th World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership held in Prague, Czech Republic on October 29-30, 2014.

The conference provided platform for almost 500 educational scientists, administrators, counselors, teachers and members of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) from 47 different countries to discuss theoretical and practical implications of learning, teaching and administration in a scientific environment.

According to the press release from the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of NEU (Near East University Nicosia, Cyprus), a study prepared by Asst. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Bicen, Saide Sadıkoğlu and Günay Sadıkoğlu was presented at the conference under the title “The role of social networking services in learning a foreign language and the use case of these services by university students”.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Biçen delivered information about their study and briefly said: “Social network sites have a significant effect on students while learning a foreign language. Nowadays, internet is a part of our daily lives. It feels like everyone has a computer or a mobile phone. Almost every student uses internet and can have access for various social networking sites to send friend invitations, talk or text to individuals or groups, use learning applications or games, read the current news and use the instant translation services available on social networking. Social networks help students in improving their second languages and build up appropriate sentences. Educational pages on social networks contribute to the improvement of language. Videos and other visual aids regarding language teaching on social networks are catchy for students. However, along all these positive aspects, students often hang back sharing and communicating audio-visual with the foreign individuals that they meet on social networking sites.”

Stating that his presentation was well received by academics coming from different countries of the world, Bicen highlighted that they had reached a consensus for joint studies. He also gave the good news that they would develop mobile learning applications to enable students to improve their foreign languages and their abilities of self expression.