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The Influence of Using Mobile Applications for Second Language Learning on Chinese Undergraduates

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DOI: 10.23977/aduhe.2021.030416 | Downloads: 40 | Views: 1272

Author(s)

Zhang Wanting 1, XU Zhilong 2

Affiliation(s)

1 Ningbo University of Technology, Ningbo City Zhejiang, 315211, China
2 International Exchange College of Ningbo University of Technology, Ningbo 315211, China

Corresponding Author

XU Zhilong

ABSTRACT

With the development of technology of mobiles, Mobile devices have many practical abilities including Internet access, voice-messaging and video-recording. All of these abilities make different aspects of second language learning possible, including listening, speaking, reading and vocabulary learning. The wide use of smartphones and other portable devices provides a new way of language learning. However, the influence of using mobile apps for second language learning remains unclear. This study aims to investigate the influence of using mobile apps for second language learning according to Chinese undergraduates of English. First,it examines the pedagogical features of five representative ESL learning apps according to the analytical framework of MALL. Then it identifies learners’ experience and current situation of using mobile apps for English learning and investigated learners’ evaluation of using those apps. Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of using mobile apps for English learning from learners’ perspective are analysed. The two research tools of this study are questionnaire and interview. The result finds that using mobile apps for English learning has positive influence on Chinese undergraduates.

KEYWORDS

Mobile-assisted language learning, English learning, Mobile apps, Influence research

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Zhang Wanting, XU Zhilong, The Influence of Using Mobile Applications for Second Language Learning on Chinese Undergraduates. Adult and Higher Education (2021) 3: 98-108. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23977/aduhe.2021.030416.

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