Foreign Language Acquisition Through Social Media
The purpose of this research is to investigate how learners develop their foreign language ability on the social media in the collaborative context. In this study I explore how SNS works in education and enhances learning and whether the constructed identity in virtual world is the key point of their motivation in leaning, besides, how do students change their role in the real and virtual worlds? Since more and more young students are turning to social media, the study also examines the opportunities as well as challenges embedded in theChinese education system.In the current study I will present interview data collected from one participant A, who learns Japanese as a foreign language. The data I presented here represents an one-hour qualitative interview I conducted with her through online audio and video applications. Then, The concept of ZPD in the Social Cultural Theory (Vygotsky, 1978) helps to interpret the process of A’s improvement in video dubbingpractice, while the concept of Imagined Community (Anderson, 1983)is used to interpret why A was fast in adjusting herself in the Japanese community when she first came to Japan.My current findings are that social media tools changed her perception of foreign language learning and the virtual space on the social media provides her with a platform for language acquisition, where she can observe others, interpret her behaviors, and adjust her own styles of interacting in SNSs. Since more and more young students are turning to social media, the study also examines the opportunities as well as challenges embedded in the Chinese education system.
Keywords - SNS, Language Acquisition, Education, Perception.