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An overview of mobile assisted language learning: From content delivery to supported collaboration and interaction

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Shield, Lesley (2008). An overview of mobile assisted language learning: From content delivery to supported collaboration and interaction. ReCALL, 20(3) pp. 271–289.

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Mobile learning is undergoing rapid evolution. While early generations of mobile learning tended to propose activities that were carefully crafted by educators and technologists, learners are increasingly motivated by their personal learning needs, including those arising from greater mobility and frequent travel. At the same time, it is often argued that mobile devices are particularly suited to supporting social contacts and collaborative learning - claims that have obvious relevance for language learning. A review of publications reporting mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) was undertaken to discover how far mobile devices are being used to support social contact and collaborative learning. In particular, we were interested in speaking and listening practice and in the possibilities for both synchronous and asynchronous interaction in the context of online and distance learning. We reflect on how mobile language learning has developed to date and suggest directions for the future.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0958-3440
Keywords: mobile learning; mobile language learning; mobile assisted language learning; MALL; collaboration; distance learning; independent learning
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 11617
Depositing User: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2008 01:18
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 20:14
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