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Perceived learning strategies of Malaysian University students in web 2.0-based English as a second language informal learning

Che Wan Ibrahim, Che Wan Ida Rahimah, Prain, Vaughan and Collet, Penelope 2014, Perceived learning strategies of Malaysian University students in web 2.0-based English as a second language informal learning, GEMA online journal of language studies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 29-42, doi: 10.17576/GEMA-2014-1401-03.

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Title Perceived learning strategies of Malaysian University students in web 2.0-based English as a second language informal learning
Author(s) Che Wan Ibrahim, Che Wan Ida Rahimah
Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan
Collet, Penelope
Journal name GEMA online journal of language studies
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 29
End page 42
Total pages 14
Publisher Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Place of publication Selangor, Malaysia
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 1675-8021
Keyword(s) English as a Second Language (ESL)
Web 2.0 tools
informal learning
language learning strategies
social networking
Summary Web 2.0 popular platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Wikis offer an emerging social networking practice, collective intelligence and a natural context to promote learner independence in informal ESL acquisition. This paper presents a review of recent research that investigates “the perceived learning strategies of Malaysian university students in Web 2.0-based informal learning of ESL”. The main research question considers how ESL learners account for the strategies of Web 2.0-based ESL learning when they engage with these tools in informal, learning settings. Questionnaires were used to generate quantitative data from the university student population (N=400) through an on-line self-reported survey. Results suggest that the majority of the Malaysian university students (ESL learners) surveyed use learning strategies with Web 2.0 tools for their English informal learning that are intentional and purposeful, and provide valuable lifelong learning experiences too. Powerful shared intentions and thoughts guide actions, shared practice and sociocultural mediation through Web 2.0 tools and roles in this informal learning activity system, locally and globally. These learners also seek help from their peers and their own independent research, using web 2.0 tools to practice in communicative language learning environments outside of the classroom in more relaxed atmosphere. This media has enabled students to adopt new learning behaviours, cooperative practice, mutual engagement and responsibilities consistent with the realities of a rapidly changing virtual community. The participants also expressed strong positive experiences and perceptions towards learning strategies with Web 2.0 tools towards their meaningful English informal learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.17576/GEMA-2014-1401-03
Field of Research 2003 Language Studies
2005 Literary Studies
2004 Linguistics
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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