Theory-based support for mobile language learning: noticing and recording

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes and Bull, Susan (2009). Theory-based support for mobile language learning: noticing and recording. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies, 3(2) pp. 12–18.




This paper considers the issue of 'noticing' in second language acquisition, and argues for the potential of handheld devices to: (i) support language learners in noticing and recording noticed features 'on the spot', to help them develop their second language system; (ii) help language teachers better understand the specific difficulties of individuals or those from a particular language background; and (iii) facilitate data collection by applied linguistics researchers, which can be fed back into educational applications for language learning. We consider: theoretical perspectives drawn from the second language acquisition literature, relating these to the practice of writing language learning diaries; and the potential for learner modelling to facilitate recording and prompting noticing in mobile assisted language learning contexts. We then offer guidelines for developers of mobile language learning solutions to support the development of language awareness in learners.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 15704
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1865-7923
  • Extra Information
  • This journal article is an extended and enhanced version of the paper presented at the mLearn'08 conference: Kukulska-Hulme, A. & Bull, S. (2008) Theoretical Perspectives on Mobile Language Learning Diaries and Noticing for Learners, Teachers and Researchers, mLearn 2008 Conference: From Text to Context, Ironbridge, October 2008.
  • Keywords
  • mobile learning; diaries; language learning; learning journals; noticing; open learner modelling
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2009 Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, © 2009 Susan Bull
  • Depositing User
  • Agnes Kukulska-Hulme