The Role of Student-Led Social Media Use in Group Dynamics

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Luke Lawrence, Yokohama City University

In recent years, teachers and researchers have begun to investigate and make use of the role of new technology and social media in language classrooms. This study focuses on the role of student-led social media, completely free of teacher input, and the influence and perceived positive effects it can have on group bonding and cohesion. It found that participation in a class LINE group was utilized for a variety of practical and personal purposes, which was seen by the students to have had a positive effect in terms of building relationships and providing a supportive and enjoyable information network of peers. This can be said to have led to a more cohesive and bonded group that felt engaged and committed to the class.