ERIC Number: EJ898026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Vocabulary Learning by Mobile-Assisted Authentic Content Creation and Social Meaning-Making: Two Case Studies
Wong, L-H.; Looi, C-K.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v26 n5 p421-433 Oct 2010
In recent years, we have witnessed the concomitant rise of communicative and contextualized approaches as well as the paradigmatic development of the mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) framework in analysing language learning. The focus of MALL research has gradually shifted from content-based (delivery of learning content through mobile devices) to design-oriented (authentic and/or social mobile learning activities) study. In this paper, we present two novel case studies of MALL that emphasize learner-created content. In learning English prepositions and Chinese idioms, respectively, the primary school students used the mobile devices assigned to them on a one-to-one basis to take photos in real-life contexts so as to construct sentences with the newly acquired prepositions or idioms. Subsequently, the learners were voraciously engaged in classroom or online discussion of their semantic constructions, thereby enhancing their understanding of the proper usage of the prepositions or idioms. This work shows the potential of transforming language learning into an authentic seamless learning experience.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Case Studies, Vocabulary Development, Learning Experience, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Elementary School Students, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Computer Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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