Utilization of Facebook as a Supplemental Tool in Developing English Communication Skills: Basis For a Proposed Syllabus in Purposive Communication

Author: Dr. Randymax M. Bulaquit (Technological University of the Philippines)
Speaker: Dr. Randymax M. Bulaquit
Topic: Language in real and virtual spaces
The (SCOPUS / ISI) SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2019 General Session


Most studies show that students use Facebook as a powerful tool for social interaction, and English language learning purposes. The study aimed to assess and present empirical data on the students’ perceptions on the acceptability and usage level of Facebook as a communication tool in developing English communication skills and to identify possible variables that could initiate programs on how student maximize study time in connection with Facebook’s usage.

Majority of the respondents used Facebook daily in learning English reading, writing, listening and speaking. Respondents have moderately agreed that Facebook can be used as a supplemental tool in developing communication skills in reading, writing, and listening but slightly agreed for speaking.
There was no significant difference on the extent of usage and the results of the communication skills test in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Correlation between perception and performance for listening skills was positively very weak while performance in writing and reading skills was positively weak. However, correlation between perception and performance for speaking skills was negatively weak.

Lastly, majority of the respondents have encountered problems in using Facebook such as inappropriateness of comments, pictures, or video posted on Facebook, slow internet connection outside and within the university and lack of security and validity of information.

Keywords: Social Media, Communication Skills, Facebook, English as a Second Language