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On the spot: using mobile devices for listening and speaking practice on a French language programme

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: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 25(3) pp. 217–232.

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This paper presents and discusses the initial findings of a mobile language learning project undertaken in the context of an undergraduate distance learning French language programme at The Open University (UK). The overall objective of the project was to investigate students' experiences when using their own portable devices for additional listening and speaking practice within a course. Experience data was collected via weekly online questionnaires, recorded oral feedback and email. The use of iPods and MP3 players was quickly adopted by project participants; but whilst the challenge and the authentic aspect of doing activities on the phone appealed to some learners, we conclude that other learners will need to be helped towards recognizing the specific value of this type of practice as a stepping stone towards authentic communication. We suggest further areas of investigation and potential applications.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Open University
ISSN: 0268-0513
Extra Information: This paper appears in the special issue entitled "Mobile learning: using portable technologies to create new learning".
Keywords: language learning; distance language teaching; mobile phones; MP3 players; iPods; learner experiences; authentic learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Language & Literacies
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 24647
Depositing User: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2010 12:52
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 15:28
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