The Effects of Utilizing Telegram App to Enhance Students’ ESL Writing Skills

  • Murni Hayati binti Mohd Dollah PhD Student, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, City University Malaysia.
  • Subadrah Madhawa Nair Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, City University Malaysia.
  • Walton Wider Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Communication and Law, INTI International University Malaysia.
Keywords: Telegram app, writing skills, Essay writing, ESL, Mobile learning, Form five pupils, E-learning, Mobile phones, Pedagogical tool, Communication devices.

Abstract

Mobile learning provides students to learn anywhere without the need of physical classroom. The main objective of this study is to investigate whether the utilization of Telegram app can enhance students’ ESL writing skills. The second objective is to investigate whether the utilization of Telegram app can enhance students’ perceptions towards ESL writing skills. Quasi-experimental one group pre-test post-test design was employed in this study. The students from the experimental group were given a pre-test (descriptive writing test) via Telegram app and their essays were marked by their teacher. The experiment lasted four weeks, and students were taught ESL writing skills using the Telegram app during that time. After the intervention a post-test was administered. This study used two types of instruments, pre- test, post-tests and a questionnaire. The data from the pre-test and post-test were analyzed using the paired sample t-test, and the questionnaire was analyzed using descriptive statistics. This study shows some interesting findings. Firstly, the results indicate that the utilization of Telegram app enhances students’ performance in their overall ESL writing; spelling, punctuation, organization, vocabulary, grammar, content quality and creativity. In addition, students’ perceptions towards ESL writing skills enhanced significantly. This study has effective pedagogical implication because utilization of Telegram app helps to improve students’ writing skills. Furthermore, the findings suggest that ESL teachers can use Telegram app as an alternative method in teaching writing skills.

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Published
2021-09-09
How to Cite
Dollah, M. H. binti M., Nair, S. M., & Wider, W. (2021). The Effects of Utilizing Telegram App to Enhance Students’ ESL Writing Skills. International Journal of Educational Studies, 4(1), 10-16. https://doi.org/10.53935/2641-533x.v4i1.55
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