Selecting and evaluating mobile apps for language learning

Son, Jeong-Bae (2016) Selecting and evaluating mobile apps for language learning. In: The international handbook of mobile-assisted language learning. Internet + Innovation Resarch Education Series. China Central Radio & TV University Press, Beijing, pp. 161-179. ISBN 978-7-304-07464-7


Mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) is one of the most important recent developments in the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). It is growing with an increasing number of studies that examine various mobile devices in formal and informal learning environments. Along with the advancement of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, a large number of educational apps have been developed and are widely available in the App Store (iOS), Play Store (Android) and other repositories. The number of language learning apps is also rapidly growing and the increasing accessibility of the apps is generating the need for the appropriate selection of the apps. This chapter explores mobile apps for language learning and looks at the evaluation of language learning apps. It introduces a language learning app review form, which guides language teachers to critically evaluate pedagogical and technical aspects of language learning apps. The review form contains 15 evaluation criteria: purpose, accuracy, usefulness, flexibility, authenticity, engagement, feedback, integration, support, price, reliability, presentation, organization, navigation and multimedia. The chapter also presents a list of example apps selected for reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture learning activities with a particular focus on learning English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL).

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 23:42
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 23:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile-assisted language learning, mobile apps, language learning apps, app evaluation, English language learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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