IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON READING COMPREHENSION AMONG UNDERGRADUATES
This study aims to investigate the perceptions of undergraduates regarding the relevance of social media, WeChat application platform towards improving reading comprehension skills of English as a Second Language. At the same time the study wants to find out the influence of the social media platform usage on language learning towards improving students’ critical thinking skills in view of its association with the reading comprehension skill. The results show significant information on students’ use of WeChat for ESL learning intentions. The ease of use and the structural characteristics of these tools engage students in critical thinking; enhance communication, reading and writing skills while sharing information, and modification. As for educators, it is to be noted that students prefer their presence in an online learning community. They need a teacher to guide and provide useful feedback related to learning. It is concluded that although using the social media provides students with an enriched learning experience, students shared that they need a teacher to plan and execute teaching and learning activities effectively. Consequently, teachers can opt for more reference sources to consider when they design curricula.