EMPOWERING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN L3 THROUGH TEXT CHAT DISCUSSION
Efforts towards the simplification of Arabic grammar as a third language (L3) require the utilization of social media to foster active language learning competencies. Hence, this study aims to explore students’ usability and attitude towards WhatsApp application in the linguistic learning of Arabic. Participants of the study were 136 students under the Arabic language program at a public university in Malaysia. The qualitative survey data involved 25 students out of the total who selected through a purposive sampling technique. This survey study incorporates a mixed method of research with questionnaires adapted from two different studies; Gamble & Wilkins (2014) and Izyani & Mohamed Amin (2016). The qualitative survey data collected via semi-structured group discussions conducted in a bilingual (Malay and Arabic) environment in a WhatsApp group. The findings as a whole reflect the effectiveness and usability of WhatsApp application in complementing face-to-face learning in which the application acts as a tool for Arabic linguistic learning. The implication of the study shows the effort towards Arabic linguistic simplification is effective through WhatsApp applications by enhancing student-level attitudes. Nevertheless, studies on Arabic linguistic simplification based on Arab scholarly models through social media application need to be explored..
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