Texting to Motivate Language Learning: WhatsApp Group Chats and Near Peer Role Modeling (NPRM)

Aliya Gimranova, Madina Nurmanova, A. S. CohenMiller

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Abstract

During the Soviet era, the Kazakh language underwent harsh times and was on the brink of extinction from urban areas in Kazakhstan. Today, the country is paving its way towards reviving the language. This article details an effort to support Kazakh language learning in motivating secondary school students through the use of technology. Through the development of a small-scale project connecting university students as Near Peer Role Models (NPRM) with secondary school students, we used WhatsApp texting group chats as a means to encourage authentic communication in the Kazakh language and discovered five tangible results and suggested next steps.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121
Number of pages136
JournalLearning Landscapes
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • texting
  • language learning
  • NPRM
  • digital learning
  • technology and learning
  • WhatsApp
  • motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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