Re-skilling Language Learners for a Mobile World

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2013). Re-skilling Language Learners for a Mobile World. Mobile-assisted Language Learning; The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), Monterey, USA.



Ubiquitous access to mobile phones and other portable devices means that language learning increasingly straddles classroom-based learning and learning outside the classroom, in virtual spaces and out in the world. We know from studies of emergent learner-led practices that foreign language study can be enriched through easy access to resources selected to suit individual interests or needs. Yet learners’ choices seem largely determined by what they happen to come across, rather than knowledge about which language skills are best improved through mobile learning. Existing mobile applications often fail to exploit connections between life and learning. This paper suggests which language skills can be enhanced through mobile learning and how learner-technology interaction supports that development, particularly opportunities for learners to extend or practice their communication with others. The paper also suggests that new skills may be required in relation to the next generation of wearable devices and increasingly instrumented, technology-rich surroundings where use of mobile technology integrates with other tools, resources, and social networks that continue to challenge traditional knowledge and skills.

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  • 39034
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    Commissioned Papers on Mobile Language LearningNot SetThe International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)
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  • mobile learning; mobile language learning; mobile-assisted language learning; MALL; English language learning; English language teaching; ELT
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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  • © 2013 The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)
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  • Agnes Kukulska-Hulme