Teaching communicatively in a classroom with mobile-sourced materials

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Abstract

Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) is now common in extra-curricular language learning, but, more recently, teachers have increasingly sought ways to utilise MALL as a communicative classroom tool. Research into the extent that MALL can transform a whole communicative language course, and learners’ impressions of such courses, is scarce. This study, therefore, sought the opinions of five undergraduate learners on a short communicative English language course based on communicative principles, with materials entirely sourced from learner’s own devices. Results suggested that MALL had aided the facilitation of an environment that was interactive, motivating, differentiated, authentic and autonomous, at times potentially more so than on a course using traditional material sources. The novel aspect of allowing freedom in choosing materials caused some complications, though none were considered insurmountable with minor adjustments to the course plan. In summary, student reactions implied that a communicative course could be taught exclusively through mobile-sourced materials, but further research is required to identify exactly how this would best be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Language and Literary Studies
Volume12
Issue number5
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 26 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • mobile
  • communicative
  • language
  • teaching
  • classroom learning

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