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Mobile Assisted Language Learning: A Literature Review
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems. Örebro University Business School, Örebro, Sweden. (Teknikburna kunskapsprocesser)
Örebro University School of Business.
2012 (English)In: 11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2012, Helsinki, 2012Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Mobile assisted language learning (MALL) is a subarea of the growing field of mobile learning (mLearning) research which increasingly attracts the attention of scholars. This study provides a systematic review of MALL research within the specific area of second language acquisition during the period 2007 - 2012 in terms of research approaches, methods, theories and models, as well as results in the form of linguistic knowledge and skills. The findings show that studies of mobile technology use in different aspects of language learning support the hypothesis that mobile technology can enhance learners’ second language acquisition. However, most of the reviewed studies are experimental, small-scale, and conducted within a short period of time. There is also a lack of cumulative research; most theories and concepts are used only in one or a few papers. This raises the issue of the reliability of findings over time, across changing technologies, and in terms of scalability. In terms of gained linguistic knowledge and skills, attention is primarily on learners’ vocabulary acquisition, listening and speaking skills, and language acquisition in more general terms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki, 2012.
Keyword [en]
Mobile assisted language learning, MALL, mobile learning, second language acquisition, mobile technology
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-10659OAI: diva2:549644
11th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
Available from: 2012-09-06 Created: 2012-09-05 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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