Chester Keasberry has had the opportunity to experience different cultures and academic styles. He began his higher academic journey by earning a B. A. in Education majoring in TESL at his home university, University Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He also spent the third year of this undergraduate degree in Manchester, England, as part of a ‘Year Abroad’ programme.
He went on to earn his Masters in Communication and Media Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and is now currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
He has a keen interest in both linguistics and social media, and is interested in seeing how they both intertwine, as well as its applications in education.
Presenter for the Following Session
- What Are the Purported Benefits of Social Media as an Instructional Tool in ESL Learning?
With the rise of social media, pedagogical research on its use in education has also increased and many researchers discuss the benefits of integrating it into the English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum. These benefits include increased immersion in the English language, better teacher-student rapport and interaction, and higher student self-confidence. However, are these studies representing an objective view of both social media’s purported benefits as well as challenges?