Vietnamese Students' Perceptions of Utilizing Social Media to Enhance English Vocabulary: A Case Study at Van Lang University




English vocabulary, social media, perceptions, students


Social media (such as Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) is widely used for people's entertainment and education across the globe. Furthermore, utilizing this sort of technology assists learners in mastering foreign languages such as English, Chinese, French, Japanese, and so on, which was proved by many foreign language experts and researchers worldwide. The study aims to find out students' perceptions of using social media to develop English vocabulary. A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods was exploited with surveys for 154 students from different majors at Van Lang University (VLU) in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam, and semi-structured interviews for 15. After the investigation, the research results show students' deep insights in using social media to improve their English vocabulary and its positive effects on students' learning vocabulary. Thanks to the findings, lecturers can consider more teaching methods with social media in their English courses.

Author Biographies

  • Pham Manh Tri, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Pham Manh Tri is an undergraduate majoring in the English Language at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He also had 2 research papers published in the International Journal of TESOL & Education in 2022. His research interests include online education, language skills, collaborative writing, and the use of social media for enhancing English vocabulary.

  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Van, Faculty of Foreign Languages

    Nguyen Thi Thanh Van is an undergraduate majoring in the English Language at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her research interests are collaborative writing and the use of social media for enhancing English vocabulary.

  • Cao Thi Xuan Tu, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Cao Thi Xuan Tu (M.A) is a lecturer at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University. She has taught English for 8 years and has experience teaching English to a variety of learners ranging from young learners to undergraduate students. She specializes in evaluating and designing teaching materials and courses for English-majored students such as Phonetics and Phonology, Writing, Listening, and Interpretation. She is also a reviewer of the International Journal of TESOL & Education. She is implementing studies on Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT), Computer-mediated Tasks, and Collaborative Writing.


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Pham, M. T., Nguyen, T. T. V., & Cao, T. X. T. (2023). Vietnamese Students’ Perceptions of Utilizing Social Media to Enhance English Vocabulary: A Case Study at Van Lang University. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 3(1), 79-111.

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