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The L120 Mobile Project

Demouy, Valérie; Eardley, Annie; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Thomas, Rhodri (2009). The L120 Mobile Project. In: Mobile Learning and autonomy in second language acquisition (MLASLA), 17-19 Sept 2009, Toledo, Spain.

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Abstract

This is the abstract and the powerpoint presentation used for the L120 Mobile Project presentation at the conference on Mobile Learning and autonomy in second language acquisition (MLASLA) held at the University of Castilla-La Macha, Toledo, Spain (September 2009)


Abstract:
The Department of Languages at the Open University has always been keen to explore the use of new technologies to deliver its language courses more effectively and dynamically. As mobile learning is playing an increasingly significant role in distance learning and e-learning, we are investigating the benefits it can provide to our language students. It is in this context that the L120 Mobile Project took place.
The project ran between May and July 2009 and focused on exploring the use of mobile devices in relation to listening and speaking skills. It involved students from L120 Ouverture, our French Intermediate course. One group of participants downloaded audio resources from the course website on their MP3 players or iPods and was asked to use their device to listen to audio clips. The second group tried out speaking activities via their mobile phones. In both cases, the audio resources or the activities the participants worked on were taken or adapted from L120 course materials and therefore integrated into the content of the course at that given point. Both groups were asked to report via weekly short online questionnaires that included questions on functionality, context, frequency of use, the types of activities preferred.
We wanted to know what learners thought of using mobile devices to practise listening and speaking skills, whether we should provide interactive listening and speaking activities to suit mobile devices and more generally how to integrate mobile technologies in our courses. We will present the project and report on our initial findings.


Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: Valérie Demouy, Annie Eardley, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Rhodri Thomas
Extra Information: For more on the Project refer to the forthcoming article:

Demouy, Valérie and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2010). On the spot: using mobile devices for listening and speaking practice on a French language programme. Open Learning journal (Special issue on Mobile Learning 'In Press')
Keywords: mobile learning; language learning; distance learning; listening; speaking; mobile phones; iPods; MP3 players
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Institute of Educational Technology
Other Departments > IT
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 21158
Depositing User: Valérie Demouy
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 15:05
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2014 00:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21158
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