Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres
Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres

Could using social media influencers in the foreign language classroom improve communication skills of non-native learners?

Vanherck, Noémie ULiège
Promotor(s) : Simons, Germain ULiège ; Brems, Lieselotte ULiège
Date of defense : 25-Aug-2022/3-Sep-2022 • Permalink :
Title : Could using social media influencers in the foreign language classroom improve communication skills of non-native learners?
Translated title : [fr] L'utilisation des influenceurs du web dans une classe de langue étrangère pourrait-elle améliorer les compétences communicationnelles des apprenants non natifs ?
Author : Vanherck, Noémie ULiège
Date of defense  : 25-Aug-2022/3-Sep-2022
Advisor(s) : Simons, Germain ULiège
Brems, Lieselotte ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Rasier, Laurent ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 107
Keywords : [en] Social media influencers
[en] Didactics
[en] Language learning
[en] Teaching method
[en] Influencers
[en] non-native learners
Discipline(s) : Arts & humanities > Languages & linguistics
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en langues et lettres modernes, orientation générale, à finalité didactique
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres


[en] In the current technological landscape, which has evolved exponentially throughout recent years, social media platforms have grown to not only be spaces within which we communicate with one another and spend our free time on, but have also become tools to acquire knowledge. New technologies, such as mobile devices and smartphones, have created wider accessibility opportunities for these platforms. This accessibility and connectivity only make it easier for teens to find content with which they can attain knowledge, inspiration and creativity along with adopting changes in their own morality, faith and understanding of the world around them. This knowledge is produced by several entities, but the one entity that has proven to be most popular with teenagers, has been influencers. Therefore, this dissertation investigates whether social media influencers have the potential to become an invaluable tool in a foreign language classroom through an analysis of two surveys which examine the practices and opinions of foreign language teachers and students of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, respectively.



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  • Vanherck, Noémie ULiège Université de Liège > Master lang. & lettres mod, or. gén., à fin.


Committee's member(s)

  • Rasier, Laurent ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Langue et linguistique néerlandaises
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