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ERIC Number: ED574600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Designing for Your Students
Palalas, Agnieszka
Mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) can augment second language teaching and learning by taking it into the real world. Authentic communicative situations in conjunction with the cultural artefacts and metalinguistic clues offered by the context can promote active learning; however, as respondents of the study presented in this chapter observed, this dynamic process of situated learning has to be supported by access to peers and facilitators, information and linguistic resources, as well as tools for capturing and distributing linguistic information. Moreover, out-of-class language learning has to be guided by a relevant pedagogical task which encompasses language-in-action activities and motivates students to work and communicate with others. When interacting with others in a sociocultural milieu of the real world, students can rely on mobile technology to provide the necessary cultural artefacts and tools. This chapter reports on a design-based research (DBR) study seeking to enhance English as second language (ESL) students' aural skills with help of mobile devices. Owing to the comprehensive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of students, the design of our MALL solution has evolved from a set of podcasts to a suite of learning tools which enable access to a networked community of practice and other resources required for the completion of language tasks. [For the complete volume, "Second Language Teaching and Learning with Technology: Views of Emergent Researchers," see ED574599.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)