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ERIC Number: EJ1121553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Learners' Perceptions of the Use of Mobile Technology in a Task-Based Language Teaching Experience
Calabrich, Simone L.
International Education Studies, v9 n12 p120-136 2016
This research explored perceptions of learners studying English in private language schools regarding the use of mobile technology to support language learning. Learners were first exposed to both a mobile assisted and a mobile unassisted language learning experience, and then asked to express their thoughts on the incorporation of mobile devices into the language classroom. The mobile assisted tasks involved learners posting a review online based on a real past experience, as well as using web-search engines to gather enough information to plan a hypothetical trip. Findings revealed overall positive attitudes amongst the students surveyed. Arguments in favour of the incorporation of mobile technology in the language classroom included: the possibility of having access to a range of materials superior in both quality and quantity when using mobile devices to access the Internet, among others. However, a significant amount of scepticism towards Mobile Assisted Language Learning emerged. Arguments against suggested that the format of presentation, rather than the type of task, seemed to constitute a motivational factor that played a psychologically significant role to some of the learners.
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, Private Schools, Computer Mediated Communication, Search Engines, Travel, Information Seeking, Student Motivation, Preferences, Cognitive Style, Statistical Analysis
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