Improving Student Language Learning in Adult Education Through the Use of Mobile Learning: Barriers, Challenges and Ways to Move Forward
Students learning languages, particularly English in the Australasian and Asia Pacific regions, have many ways to engage with mobile devices to assist with their language learning. This chapter reports on the latest teaching tools and identifies one mobile application (app) that can be used, Dragon Dictation, to assist with improving pronunciation. This chapter also presents the results of one pilot study that used Dragon Dictation to support English pronunciation. Results of this study indicate that Dragon Dictation is a useful tool to have available in the classroom context as results suggest that it assist students to improve their English pronunciation. Barriers for learners include difficulties in learning to use mobile devices as well as teachers and students knowing the best apps that are available to assist with English language learning. For teachers, barriers include learning to teach using these apps as well as teaching students how to use them. Fortunately, there are several ways to move forward in using mobile apps for learning, with research suggesting that good professional development of teachers in how to use apps is the best way to improve their teaching in this area as well as their comfortability in teaching students to use them as this will increase pedagogical affordances in this area.
Mobile Learning in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region
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