Japanese Students’ Attitudes Towards the Use of Facebook in the EFL Classroom

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Gilbert Dizon, Himeji Dokkyo University

Facebook is the most widely used social networking site in the world. However, little is known of the views that Japanese students have towards its use to enhance language learning. This paper reports on a survey of students in Japan to determine their perceptions of the use of Facebook in four EFL courses. The participants were 41 students who were a part of the Faculty of Foreign Studies at a university in Japan. Students were divided into separate Facebook groups according to their class and were required to participate in weekly discussions through the site. The results revealed that the survey respondents had moderately favorable views of using Facebook to learn English. In particular, the site’s ease of use, convenience, and low-stress environment were seen as distinct advantages. These findings illustrate that Japanese students perceive Facebook as a beneficial tool for language learning.