Indonesian Non-English Major Learners’ Attitudes toward Instagram to Practice Speaking in English: A Survey Study


  • Rama Elrianto Damaryanan Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
  • Adaninggar Septi Subekti Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana


Descriptive statistics, Instagram, foreign/second language (L2), speaking practice, speaking skills


Speaking skill is often considered one of the most challenging skills for learners, perhaps due to the trial and error nature of speaking shunning shy and unconfident second/foreign language (L2) learners of English. In the meantime, Instagram raises as one of the most popular social media platforms among the young generation, including L2 learners. Hence, the present study aimed to investigate non-English major learners’ attitudes toward the use of Instagram to practice speaking in English. This study involved 102 Indonesian active Instagram user learner participants across Indonesia in an online survey. Through descriptive statistics on SPSS 25, the study found that the participants generally had positive attitudes towards the use of Instagram to practice speaking in English. Nonetheless, even though they considered Instagram a good platform to practice speaking, they were slightly less motivated to actually use it for learning purposes. These findings call for teachers to channel the popularity of Instagram among learners and their familiarity with it for L2 learning purposes through class instruction.

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Rama Elrianto Damaryanan, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

Rama is an upper semester student at the English Language Education Department of Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His research interest is mainly on instructional technology and L2 speaking.


Adaninggar Septi Subekti, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

Adaninggar, who obtained her M.Sc. in TESOL from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, currently works as a lecturer at the English Language Education Department, Faculty of Education and Humanities of Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She is currently also pursuing her doctoral degree at the Language Education Science Department at the Faculty of Languages and Arts of Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Editor-in-Chief of SAGA Journal UKDW, she is also a reviewer of SiELE Journal, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Englisia Journal, Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh, IJELTAL Journal, UINSI Samarinda, LLT Journal, Sanata Dharma University, Pedagogy Journal, IAIN Metro, Indonesia, and Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogota, Colombia. Her research interest includes L2 learners’ individual differences, Global Englishes, and literature (novels, short stories, plays, and films).

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How to Cite

R. E. Damaryanan and A. S. Subekti, “Indonesian Non-English Major Learners’ Attitudes toward Instagram to Practice Speaking in English: A Survey Study”, JELPEDLIC, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 80-93, Jan. 2024.