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    Exploring the Effectiveness of Mobile Technology in Language Learning Environment for Adult Learners Exploring the Effectiveness of Mobile Technology in Language Learning Environment for Adult Learners Presentation Transcript

    • Exploring theEffectiveness of MobileTechnology in LanguageLearning Environment forAdult LearnersSirui Wang, Ph.D. studentThe University of Southern MississippiJuly 23, 2012
    • Background Mobile Technology and language learningMobile assistant language learning (MALL) isbenefited by mobile technologies, which is one ofthe mobile learning’s contributions to languageeducation (Dias, 2002). Mobile TechnologyMobile technologies are commonly used all aroundthe world because of their portability, ubiquity, easeof accessibility (Keskin & Metcalf, 2011).
    • Background (continue…) Language learning and Contexto According to Verschueren (2005), “languageuse is always situated against a complexbackground” (p.75).o If appropriate language is inputted into asituation, language acquisition can occur(Krashen, 1985).o Social world, mental world, & physical world(Verschueren, 2005, UnderstandingPragmatics)
    • Purpose of Study provide a general picture of the importanceof context in language acquisition, examine and describe the effectiveness ofmobile technologies in contextualizinglanguage learning environment, and delve learners and teachers’ expectations oflanguage learning in a well-situatedlanguage learning environment.
    • Overview of the theoreticalfoundation Situated Learning Theory a theory that suggests learning is naturallytied to authentic activity, context, andculture (Brown, Collins, & Duguid, 1989) considers learning as a "social processwhereby knowledge is co-constructed, and…is situated in a specific context andembedded within a particular social andphysical environment" (Lave & Wenger,1991, p.41)
    • Research Questions Is there any effectiveness of mobiledevices for ESL students? Is there any effectiveness of mobiledevices for EFL students? Will learning environment and mobiledevices together have effects in students’English performance?
    • Methodology Participant Convenient sampling (ESL students vs. EFLstudents) Between groups (mobile technology vs.non-mobile technology) Instrument Two-way factorial ANOVA− Learning environment (IV)− Learning devices (IV)− TOEFL score (DV)
    • Methodology (continue…) Procedure Decide the population/sample Define the variables Decide the mobile device Conduct statistical analysis Analysis (not yet)
    • Delimitations The size of the population The proper mobile device being theplatform The length for collecting adequate data The standard test scores
    • Questions?