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ERIC Number: EJ1064976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: EISSN-1695-2618
Learning English Speaking through Mobile-Based Role-Plays: The Exploration of a Mobile English Language Learning App Called Engage
Yang, Bowen; Zhou, Shijun; Ju, Weijie
The EUROCALL Review, v21 n2 p27-38 Sep 2013
Engage is a new form of mobile application that connects students studying English with teachers in real-time via their smartphones. Students receive target language through preparation dialogues, and then apply it to a role-play with a teacher. The conceptualization and development of Engage follows the user-centred design approach; and the product was built through multiple iterations: in the first iteration, students were invited to try out a paper mock-up; in the second iteration, students tried out a mobile prototype; in the external test, a fully functional application was released to App Store between October 25 and November 20, 2012, and 326 users downloaded it. The application was well-received by these test users, reflected in the post-study survey, student ratings, and students' usage records. The external tests proved that the technical environment of the application was feasible for production; and the operationalization of the teacher service and cost model were also proven to be feasible and scalable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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