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ERIC Number: EJ1004355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1072-4303
From Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) to Mobile Assisted Language Use (MALU)
Jarvis, Huw; Achilleos, Marianna
TESL-EJ, v16 n4 Mar 2013
This article begins by critiquing the long-established acronym CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning). We then go on to report on a small-scale study which examines how student non-native speakers of English use a range of digital devices beyond the classroom in both their first (L1) and second (L2) languages. We look also at the extent to which they believe that their L2-based activity helps consciously and/or unconsciously with their language learning, practice, and acquisition. We argue that these data, combined with other recent trends in the field, suggest a need to move from CALL towards a more accurate acronym: mobile assisted language use (MALU). We conclude with a definition of MALU together with a brief discussion of a potential alignment of MALU with the notion of the digital resident and a newly emerging educational theory of connectivism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom