Mobile and Massive Language Learning

Read, Timothy; Bárcena, Elena and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2016). Mobile and Massive Language Learning. In: Martín-Monje, Elena; Elorza, Izaskun and García Riaza, Blanca eds. Technology-Enhanced Language Learning for Specialized Domains: Practical applications and mobility. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 151–161.



This chapter explores the relationship between mobile language learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) and suggests how they may be combined. Over the past decade or so, mobile devices have become more powerful and potentially valuable for second language learning. Improvements in network bandwidth for such devices has also opened the door for them to be used as clients for online courses, social networks and social media, and more recently LMOOCs (or language MOOCS), thereby potentiating the mobility that they offer to language learning students. The authors argue and illustrate that Mobile-Assisted LMOOCs (or MALMOOCs) could improve the language learning experience for many people through task-based online and situated learning, including activities that encourage learners to collaborate and to capture and share their language experiences from everyday life.

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