Language Choices of  Multilingual BS English Students on Social Networking Sites: A Case Study of Public Sector Colleges

Authors

  • Dr. Shahid Ullah Assistant Professor of English, Govt. Willayat Hussain Islamia Graduate College Multan, Pakistan Author
  • Dr. Muhammad Ahsan Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan Author
  • Muhammad Yousuf English Teacher, Govt Higher Secondary School Samina, Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan Author

Keywords:

Language Choices, Multilingual BS English Students, Public Sector Colleges, Social Networking Sites

Abstract

The prime purpose of the study was to know about the choices of multilingual BS English students studying in public sector colleges on social networking sites. The study encompasses undergraduate students enrolled at various public sector colleges as a population, with a sample of 245 students who have WhatsApp accounts and currently use Facebook, Twitter (X) and YouTube. The data collected was analysed using SPSS. According to the study's findings, the majority of respondents on social media chose "English" as their language of connection to the outside world. According to the study's findings, when asked which social media site they preferred for communication, students most frequently mentioned Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Messenger, YouTube, and Twitter (X). The majority of respondents utilised "Facebook" for both communication and entertainment, according to the findings, English, English, and Urdu were the languages they preferred to use on this social networking site. The respondents' preferred languages to use on WhatsApp, according to the data, were English, English & Urdu, and English. However, language choices were indicated as English & Siraiki, English & Urdu, and English on Twitter (X). When communicating with teachers on the aforementioned networking sites, there was only a minor difference in the languages that users preferred to use: English, English & Urdu. When communicating with the university administration, English, English, and Urdu were the preferred languages. The majority of respondents supported utilising English & Urdu, English & Siraiki, and English while communicating with classmates on social networking sites, according to the results of language preferences. The respondents' responses also showed that they preferred to communicate with strangers in English, or both Urdu and English.

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2024-05-15

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Language Choices of  Multilingual BS English Students on Social Networking Sites: A Case Study of Public Sector Colleges. (2024). International Research Journal of Management and Social Sciences, 5(2), 1-16. https://irjmss.com/index.php/irjmss/article/view/252

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