YOUTHS' PERSPECTIVE ON CYBERSPACE ACTIVITIES AND LEARNING ENGLISH IN MALAYSIA

There are global effects on how the Internet has changed the way people live, work, communicate, recreate and participate in public This has definitely paved the way for various of by the Malaysian government and non-governmental bodies to create facilities and avenues to allow Malaysians to be IT savvy at work and their daily routines. The setting up of cybercafes, tele-centres, hotspots and other related wired spaces have concurrently opened more avenues for development and the enhancement of English language for individuals and groups. This paper based on a research reports the findings on youths' perspectives on cvber cafe activities and learning English in Malaysia. A total of 51 youths responded to a questionnaire and several youths were also interviewed. Findings suggest that cyberspace activities do help these youths in enhancing learning English to some extent. The paper thus concludes that incorporating Web activities in teaching and learning of English in schools and colleges is a positive move towards promoting language learning beyond the classroom.

Keywords: Cybercafes, Digital Spaces of Learning, Youths, Informal Learning, Learning English, Malaysia

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