Enhancing Speaking and Writing Skills in English using Status in WhatsApp – A Study
W. Christopher Rajasekaran1, P. V. Nisha2
1Prof. W. Christopher Rajasekaran, Department of English, School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology and University, Vellore (Tamil Nadu), India.
2Prof. P. V. Nisha, Department of Languages, School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology and University, Vellore (Tamil Nadu), India
Manuscript received on June 06, 2017. | Revised Manuscript received on June 10, 2017. | Manuscript published on June 15, 2017. | PP: 19-21 | Volume-2 Issue-11, June 2017. | Retrieval Number: K01580521117
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Abstract: The advent of the smartphone era had brought in many aspects in the facets of life that once seemed imaginary or seemingly impossible. To begin with, technological advancements like e-commerce, e-banking, e-business etc. have made life so easy for humans. One of the most wanted and highly recommended apps is WhatsApp. One of the key features in WhatsApp is the Status portfolio that has been added quite recently. This is one striking feature that enables the user to upload anything that they feel is appropriate to be uploaded. First, the teacher who is to engage in this exercise should make sure that the target group (students) are all having a smartphone with WhatsApp installed in it. Though there is no group of broadcast list formed from the teacher’s WhatsApp account, the users will invariably be instructed to watch and learn the status that is posted every day by the teacher. Given to understand that the mobile data tariff is very much reduced nowadays, it is expected that the target group will have a good mobile data connection, both in terms of connectivity and tariff. Furthermore, if teachers of English can fully understand the apps that are developed for social networking and then put them into creative for the benefit of the masses, it will bring in a positive approach among the students who yearn to learn and master the English language, irrespective of age, class, creed and religion.
Keywords: WhatsApp, speaking, writing, technology, activity, skills.