Exploring the application of a conceptual framework in a social MALL app

Read, Timothy; Bárcena, Elena and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2016). Exploring the application of a conceptual framework in a social MALL app. In: Pareja-Lora, Antonio; Calle-Martínez, Cristina and Rodríguez-Arancón, Pilar eds. New perspectives on teaching and working with languages in the digital era. Research-Publishing.net, pp. 223–232.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2016.tislid2014.9781908416353


This article presents a prototype social Mobile Assisted Language Learning (henceforth, MALL) app based on Kukulska-Hulme’s (2012) conceptual framework. This research allows the exploration of time, place and activity type as key factors in the design of MALL apps, and is the first step toward a systematic analysis of such a framework in this type of app in the future. Firstly, the selected conceptual framework is discussed, emphasizing the adequacy of its development (or even adaptation) for the systematized design of mobile apps for second language learning. Secondly, the prototype of the Audio News Trainer (ANT) app, which aims at developing oral and written competences in a mixed individual-social modality, is presented in terms of its formal features and its functionality. Finally, some preliminary findings are presented together with suggestions for further development.

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