International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 253

Article in Press

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE TEACHING/LEARNING OF WRITING IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN AKOKO-EDO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, EDO STATE, NIGERIA

Femi U. Balogun, Femi H. Suleiman, Olusegun O. Aramide

  •  Received: 08 May 2019
  •  Accepted: 05 July 2019
This study investigated the influence of social media on the teaching/learning of Writing in secondary school in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study sought to know which Social Networking Sites (SNS) influence the teaching/learning of writing most and how social media can be deployed to improve the teaching and learning of this subskill of language. A survey research design was adopted for the study. Three hundred (300) questionnaires were administered to seven schools purposively sampled. Two hundred (67%) respondents returned theirs and four teachers also completed theirs. Percentages and frequencies were used to analyze the data collected in order to answer the research questions while the chi-square test statistic was used to test the hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The result showed that there is a significant relationship between social media and the teaching/learning of Writing. Based on the findings of the study, recommendations were made as follows: students should be given regular essay writing tasks (say twice a week) to enable them to discover the right spelling patterns, rules of grammar, correct system of punctuation and generally help them to drop the long – acquired bad habits of writing which is negatively influenced by social media. Qualified and experienced teachers should be recruited and they should be sponsored to attend conferences and seminars which will keep them abreast with modern trends in the teaching of writing in particular and English in general.

Keywords: GSM, ICT, Learning, Teaching, Social Media, Traditional Media