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Mobile Informal Language Learning: Exploring Welsh Learners’ Practices

Jones, Ann (2015). Mobile Informal Language Learning: Exploring Welsh Learners’ Practices. eLearning Papers(45), article no. 6.

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Mobile devices have great potential in supporting language learning, through providing access to vocabulary, lessons and resources, and supporting interactions with other speakers. There may be particular advantages, however, in using such technologies for learning minority languages.
Welsh is a minority UK language spoken by around 611,000 people in Wales and there is considerable interest among adults in Wales and from Welsh families in learning Welsh. However the small numbers of speakers and their uneven distribution make it difficult for learners outside Welsh speaking “hotspots” to hear and practice Welsh.
Mobile learning therefore has great potential for Welsh learners by providing resources wherever the learner is and by supporting web-based learning communities. The study reported here investigates whether this potential is being exploited in practice. It employed interviews and a small survey to study the practices of Welsh learners at all levels. It was found that learners used mobile technologies widely, to access a wide range of resources, although not always on-the-move, and also that many were using courses, in particular one online course. Learners’ practices in using digital technologies for their Welsh language learning are discussed, and also the implications for both learning other minority languages and for informal mobile learning more generally.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author
ISSN: 1887-1542
Keywords: informal language learning; mobile; Welsh
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 44908
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 10:31
Last Modified: 15 May 2020 23:28
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