Recent Advancements in Mobile Language Learning

PLIN Day 2018 - Technological innovation in language learning and teaching | Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium | 18th May 2018

Research with mobile learners has generated new understandings of how learner-led everyday mobile activities relate to time and place. This new knowledge informs the design of language learning activities that can be undertaken outside of scheduled 'classroom' time.  The notion of a 'mobile pedagogy' connects in-class and out-of-class learning, and can include personalization of language learning, for example through provision of on-demand content arising from interests and needs perceived while using a target language. In projects such as MASELTOV and SALSA, mobile migrant learners have made use of innovative mobile applications to explore an unfamiliar urban environment and reflect on their language needs. Increasingly, intelligent mobile assistants will become part of an emerging ecology of versatile mobile assistance that can support learners and complement classroom-based learning. This is significant in a world where there is a shortage of teachers and a rising demand for language learning in the context of international communication challenges and volatile employment. 

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