Teaching-learning English through Social Media and Networks

A conceptual cartography

  • Ricardo Ariza Covarrubias Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
Keywords: Social media, social networks, English as a Foreign Language, EFL, language learning, language teaching


Social media and networks have covered different aspects of life. In recent years, these social tools have emerged as a resource for teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Nevertheless, a substantial description about their attributes in this area is still scarce. The purpose of this work is to produce a conceptual cartography (Tobón, 2004) that provides deeper information about this sector. Electronic databases such as Science Direct, Web of Science and CONRICYT were used to obtain 35 articles related to this topic between 2004 and 2019. The categories considered for this analysis were: notion, categorization, characterization, differentiation, classification, correlation, methodology and exemplification. Results show that these concepts have clear differences between them, so they cannot be treated as a sole concept; they are part of e-learning; their use is mainly informal, asynchronous and synchronous, and collaborative; they differ from Learning Management Systems; They integrate sociocultural theories such as Vigotsky´s, and qualitative approach is important in order to collect data.  Integration work in technology insertion and use of social media and networks is suggested.


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Ariza Covarrubias, R. (2020). Teaching-learning English through Social Media and Networks. CIEX Journ@l, 1(11), 33-49. Retrieved from http://ciex.edu.mx/journalv2/index.php/CJ/article/view/141