Exploring the application of a conceptual framework in a social MALL app

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© 2016 Timothy Read, Elena Bárcena, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme.


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Abstract

This article presents a prototype social Mobile Assisted Language Learning (henceforth, MALL) app based on Kukulska-Hulme’s (2012) conceptual framework. This research allows the exploration of time, place and activity type as key factors in the design of MALL apps, and is the first step toward a systematic analysis of such a framework in this type of app in the future. Firstly, the selected conceptual framework is discussed, emphasising the adequacy of its development (or even adaptation) for the systematised design of mobile apps for second language learning. Secondly, the prototype of the Audio News Trainer (ANT) app, which aims at developing oral and written competences in a mixed individual-social modality, is presented in terms of its formal features and its functionality. Finally, some preliminary findings are presented together with suggestions for further development.

Keywords: mobile learning, MALL, conceptual framework, social media, oral reception, written interaction.

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Read, Timothy; Bárcena, Elena; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes. (2016). Exploring the application of a conceptual framework in a social MALL app. In Antonio Pareja-Lora, Cristina Calle-Martínez, Pilar Rodríguez-Arancón (Eds), New perspectives on teaching and working with languages in the digital era (pp. 223-232). Research-publishing.net. https://doi.org/10.14705/rpnet.2016.tislid2014.436

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