Preliminary conclusions after the design and implementation of mobile learning apps for professionals

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  • Book title: "CALL Design: Principles and Practice - Proceedings of the 2014 EUROCALL Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands"
  • Editors: Sake Jager, Linda Bradley, Estelle J. Meima, Sylvie Thouësny.
  • Pages: 40-46
  • Article DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2014.000192
  • Book DOI: 10.14705/rpnet.2014.9781908416209
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© 2014 María Dolores Castrillo, Elena Bárcena, Antonio Pareja-Lora.


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Abstract

According to a recent research carried out by Aruba Networks (2014) in the US, the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and UAE, 86% of all respondents have two or more devices that can connect to the internet, and nearly two thirds (64%) already own three or more mobile devices with this feature; another 39% own four or more (p. 4). We live on the move, and this includes mobility, as well as working anytime, anywhere and lifelong learning. Thus, research on language teaching and/or learning should focus on the ways to get adapted to the specific new needs of our modern society (e.g. mobility). Accordingly, for instance, mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) activities should be app-based; “this is not a trend language educators can ignore” (Godwin-Jones, 2011, p. 8). In this paper, we present some preliminary results and conclusions after the design and implementation of some MALL apps carried out by the ATLAS research group. They have been developed in the context of the SO-CALL-ME project, in order to enable the members of ATLAS to explore the way in which students can improve their oral language skills “on the move”.

Keywords: MALL, second language, foreign language, languages for special purposes, apps.

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Castrillo, María Dolores; Bárcena, Elena; Pareja-Lora, Antonio. (2014). Preliminary conclusions after the design and implementation of mobile learning apps for professionals. In Sake Jager, Linda Bradley, Estelle J. Meima, Sylvie Thouësny (Eds), CALL Design: Principles and Practice - Proceedings of the 2014 EUROCALL Conference, Groningen, The Netherlands (pp. 40-46). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2014.000192

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