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Why and how do distance learners use mobile devices for language learning?

Demouy, Valérie; Jones, Ann; Kan, Qian; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Eardley, Annie (2016). Why and how do distance learners use mobile devices for language learning? The EuroCALL Review, 24(1) pp. 10–24.

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Abstract

Most of the literature on mobile language learning is located in classroom contexts, and often concerns the use of resources developed by teachers or researchers. However, we also need to understand learner initiated practices, in informal as well as formal settings, where mobile language learners are increasingly using digital resources. In this paper, we focus on the emerging practices of students learning languages at a distance. Adult students of five languages at different levels were surveyed about using their mobile devices to support their learning as well as their motivations in doing so. We also draw on eight follow-up interviews. We discuss the learners’ preferred activities, the resources and apps that they use, and also their motivations for their mobile language practices. These distance learners are very aware of how their devices provide them with high exposure to their target language and the importance of such exposure. They also use their mobile devices to introduce variety into their learning and to make it enjoyable. This knowledge of self-directed learners’ practices is extremely valuable in informing educators about how mobile devices feature in language learning and can be harnessed in contributing to it.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The EuroCALL Review
ISSN: 1695-2618
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: 46293
Depositing User: Valérie Demouy
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 08:35
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 22:15
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46293
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