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Investigating Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Using the iPad in an Italian English as a Foreign Language Classroom

Morgana, Valentina and Shrestha, Prithvi N. (2018). Investigating Students’ and Teachers’ Perceptions of Using the iPad in an Italian English as a Foreign Language Classroom. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 8(3) pp. 29–49.

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Abstract

Recent research indicates that mobile technologies can support second language learning. However, studies focused on the use of the iPad as a mobile technology to enhance second language learning and teaching in schools are still scarce. This study reports on an action research project that investigated the use of the iPad in the English as a foreign language (EFL) context in an Italian school. The study sought to investigate learners’ and teachers’ perceptions of mobile learning through the use of the iPad. The data was collected through a survey (N=41), classroom observations (N=4), interviews (N=20), and recorded teacher meetings (N=5). Results show a positive impact on student motivation and on the approach to second language learning tasks. We found that within the duration of the study students and teachers became increasingly independent in the use of the iPad for English language learning and teaching. This study provides educators with hints on how to start integrating mobile devices to perform specific language learning/teaching tasks.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 IGI Global
ISSN: 2155-7101
Keywords: Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL); Mobile technologies; Communicative language teaching; Task-based language teaching; Secondary education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Research Group: Language & Literacies
Item ID: 56808
Depositing User: Prithvi Shrestha
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 09:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56808
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