AN ANALYSIS OF TIKTOK'S APP EFFECTIVENESS IN ENHANCING SPEAKING SKILLS IN 9TH-GRADERS' ENGLISH CLASSES FOR PALESTINIAN STUDENTS
Keywords:TikTok, speaking skills, English as a Foreign Language.
This qualitative study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of using TikTok as a platform to enhance speaking skills in English as a foreign language classroom. It was conducted on 9th graders in Palestine. The study involved 20 students from two schools in the West-Bank region of Palestine. The data collection process included classroom observations, semi-structured interviews, and observation checklist. The collected data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings of the study revealed that using TikTok in the classroom had a positive influence on students' speaking skills. Students reported feeling more motivated to learn English and engage in class activities in a fun way when TikTok was utilized as a teaching tool and have self-esteem in speaking the English language. The study also found that TikTok helped students improve their speaking, listening, and writing skills. The study highlights the potential benefits of TikTok for teaching English as a foreign language. The findings of this study can inform educators and policymakers in Palestine and other similar contexts about technology in language education. Furthermore, this study provides insights into students' perceptions and experiences regarding the use of TikTok in the classroom. This can help improve language teaching and learning effectiveness.