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ERIC Number: EJ1031151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: EISSN-1094-3501
Motivation Matters in Mobile Language Learning: A Brief Commentary
Ushioda, Ema
Language Learning & Technology, v17 n3 p1-5 Oct 2013
As highlighted in the original call for papers for this special issue, learning with mobile technologies is currently a rapidly developing area of interest for researchers, teachers, materials writers and app developers in the educational field, not least within language education. Yet to what extent is this growing interest realised and shared by language learners themselves? How far are they motivated to exploit the affordances offered by mobile technologies for language learning, and how far can mobile technologies help to engage and sustain individual motivation for language learning? Although learner motivation is not a core concern of the studies in this special issue, a particular strength of these papers is their common focus on the student perspective in relation to mobile language learning. This student perspective sheds interesting critical light on the motivational dimension of mobile language learning, which is the thread this author addresses in this commentary article, building on her longstanding interest in motivation in language learning and more recently in relation to the use of digital technologies in language learning (see Ushioda, 2011). Drawing on the empirical findings reported in this special issue, she focuses this short commentary on the following motivational issues concerning mobile language learning: (1) Motivation as a matter of choice and autonomy; and (2) Motivation as a matter of personally meaningful casual learning.
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Language: English
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