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ERIC Number: EJ1031221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1094-3501
Mobile-Assisted Grammar Exercises: Effects on Self-Editing in L2 Writing
Li, Zhi; Hegelheimer, Volker
Language Learning & Technology, v17 n3 p135-156 Oct 2013
In this paper, we report on the development and implementation of a web-based mobile application, "Grammar Clinic," for an ESL writing class. Drawing on insights from the interactionist approach to Second Language Acquisition (SLA), the Noticing Hypothesis, and mobile-assisted language learning (MALL), "Grammar Clinic" was designed as a series of outside-class grammar exercises in the format of sentence-level error identification and correction. 19 intermediate level ESL students at a large Midwestern American university used this mobile application in an English academic writing class during a 16-week semester. A mixed methods approach was chosen to investigate (a) the effect of "Grammar Clinic" on the efficacy of ESL students' self-editing as well as (b) their perceptions of this mobile application as a tool to improve their English writing. Our analyses show that students' performance on "Grammar Clinic" assignments reflects their progress in self-editing. This progress is seen in the positive correlation of the students' "Grammar Clinic" performance with their gains on a grammar post-test, an increase of self-editing corrections, and a reduction in errors in the final drafts of two major paper assignments. The impact of this web-based mobile application was documented using qualitative data that considered the students' use of and perception of "Grammar Clinic."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System; Test of English as a Foreign Language