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  • 1. Aplicaciones móviles para la enseñanza del inglés como lengua extranjera disponibles en la web Mobile applications for EFL available on the web Pilar Rodríguez Arancón
  • 2. What we are going to see in the course • Background of Mobile Learning • Characteristics • Positive points • Weak points • Some tools to develop apps • First task – apps evaluation • Second task – lesson plan • Sharing some conclusions
  • 3. Background • The origins of Mobile learning /m-learning or MALL (Mobile Assisted Language Learning) are in e-learning
  • 4. E-learning You have probably used the Internet to answer questions about English or to find activities for your classes. As you know, the search can be done in several ways: • You can find full courses, especially for levels A2 and B1 of the CEFR; such as: – La Mansión del inglés – – Aulafácil – OM Personal – Inglés Mundial
  • 5. E-learning • You can ask a question and access a forum such as Wordreference or Yahoo respuestas, or the BBC; a page with the answer, such as English Plus, or a grammar point within a course, such as Saber inglés. As an example we can type especially specially: – 94&langid=24 – 4122354AA7MeI7 – ar/learnit/learnitv265.shtml – –
  • 6. E-learning • You can search for activities for a specific grammatical point and get worksheets to do in class or pages in which to do the activity and get immediate feedback. As an example, if we type “past continuous activities”: * We find worksheets to print and hand out: – ivities&client=firefox-a&hs=Pzm&rls=org.mozilla:es- ES:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=f6 zKUZHXCu_g7Qba- 4DQDQ&ved=0CDQQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=629 – inuous/pastcontinuousboardgame.pdf
  • 7. E-learning * Or for self-correction which can be more or less sophisticated: – onjwasworking.htm – progressive-exercises.html#01 – up/grammar/past-progressive
  • 8. MALL • MALL is the next step in the evolution of educational technology reflecting the convergence of mobile technology and e- learning in response to a more dynamic society that seeks a personalized, lifelong and universal education (Romero et al., 2010)
  • 9. Characteristics • Formal and informal learning • Ubiquitous (any time and anywhere): at home, at work, while travelling, when waiting or even walking • Dynamic • It seems to be the natural progression from e- learning • Flexible
  • 10. Positive points • A platform that supports many things (text, image, sound) • Technology is now cheaper than printing • Promotes individual and collaborative learning • Integral part of life • Rather large number of users: tools/latest-mobile-stats/b#mobilebroadband
  • 11. Positive points • This type of stimuli as a combination of sound, image and creative elements is ideal for learning • As Glasser (2000) pointed out, humans retain 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see and 50% of what they see and hear at the same time
  • 12. Negative points • It is still in the early days of development • Apps are not designed for all operating systems • It makes us re-think how to teach • It is a challenge from the designing point of view • There are over 28,000 apps for educational purposes available on the market at present, so they do not all have the same standard of quality (
  • 13. Developing tools
  • 14. Types of apps • Games, very often aimed at children, e.g. apps available from Cambridge English Online • App versions of dictionaries, handbooks and textbooks, e.g. Cambridge’s EFL methods, dictionaries, etc. • Apps providing vocabulary, grammar and/or pronunciation practice, such as My Word Book, Johnny Grammar’s Quiz Master, 60 Second Word Challenge or Sounds Right. – Some go beyond mere drilling or quizzing: listening comprehension practice by means of podcasts and the exploitation thereof, e.g. Listen-to-English and A Cup Of English; – apps allowing conversation practice, e.g. English Feed, even with other users, e.g. The Language Campus Adaptation of online courses such as Busuu and EF’s English Town to mobile devices • Apps exploiting the use of language in context (most closely related to the interests and goals of SO-CALL-ME): through podcasts –e.g. Learn English, Talking Business English– videos –e.g. Learn English Audio & Video, Conversation English– films –e.g. English Attack– and cartoons –e.g. Big City Small World.
  • 15. Types of app - Price • Mobile versions of traditional dictionaries, textbooks, vocabulary or grammar tests, etc., (as high as around 30€) • Apps downloadable for a small amount –usually around 1€, and rarely above 3€ (e.g. Cambridge’s English Monstruo) • Apps with an initial free sample pack and the possibility to download further packs for a small amount (again, around 1€; e.g. the British Council’s LearnEnglish Grammar • Completely free apps, e.g. The wide choice of apps available from the British Council. • Full-fledged English courses , e.g. Busuu or EF’s EnglishTown (the price depends on the needs of the user and/or seasonal offers)
  • 16. Some apps available on the web • • elLanguage=en •
  • 17. Task 1 (15mn.) • This is a rubric that you can use to assess two of the apps available in the previous pages, although you could use your own criteria s/navigation/applications/#internalSection1
  • 18. Your ideas • What are the most important features for you? • Why? • Do you think that you would use them as part of your classroom activities? As homework?
  • 19. Task 2 (15 mn.) • Draft a Lesson plan including specific activities from one of the apps available in those links
  • 20. Your ideas • How would you integrate them? • Do you think they provide something extra to your teaching? Why? Why not?
  • 21. Some more apps Herramienta Web TwinVox Herramienta Web Cookit Creator Herramienta Web PhraseMix Herramienta Web BrainPop Herramienta Voxi (para llevar) Herramienta Web EnglishAttack Herramienta Web Language City Herramienta Web On-line utility Learn out loud Free rice Listen-to-english Word Champ Anglomaniacy Bite sized English Podcast App LearnEnglish Audio & Video Learn English Grammar MyWordBook LearnEnglish LearnEnglish Sports World Sounds Right WordShake Johnny Grammar’s Quizz Master 60 Second Word Challenge
  • 22. Some more apps Big City Small World Premier Skills EnglishTown EF Aprende inglés con The language campus Cnn Asia Pacific Wag mob Apps Talking business English 80 apps to learn a new language language/ English Feed Quiz up Grammar Exams Interchange SpeakingPal English Tutor Genko Flascards Talking Dictionary iPhone/3000-18495_4-206345.html Oxford Dictionary IELTS vocabulary Vaughan radio
  • 23. Thank you very much for your attention