Advantages and Disadvantages of Mobile Applications for Language Learning

Mobile apps are all angry. But how useful do language teachers really find them in comparison to traditional language programs? This article describes the key survey results that I recently made in student perception of mobile applications to learn languages.

The survey was conducted among users French and dictionary page with Total 290 respondents answered. Of them:

  • reported almost a third (31%) using mobile phones to help with language learning;
  • almost a third (30%) reported that they did not receive a mobile device that could run an application
  • The remaining 39% reported that while they had devices as a device to run applications, they did not use the device to learn the language.

Whether they used the device for Language Learning, all respondents were asked which of the many features of mobile phones was useful for language teaching. Among these were the clearest benefits respondents felt (56% in agreement) that the programs promote "bit-sized" learning: mobile applications are generally designed to record for a short while without the need for a long time to support.

Apparently, respondents clearly do not use programs as part of "general education" but this may be of their advantage. Almost a third of respondents (38%) agreed that the benefits of programs would be that they were studying outside school or another formal environment. Equivalent number (37%) provided benefits in applications as "additional methods" in language instruction to "help things sink." It will be interesting to see how this perception changes as more cell phones are approved on a more general basis in the classroom.

With available audio, visual and tactile features available on mobile devices today, we may find interactivity to be useful. But fewer respondents thought this was the case, with only 25% agreeing with the statement "I find the mobile app more interactive". This could be a message for developers that they still need to work on using input and output facilities for better use.

With the average price of several dollar instructional programs (and increasing pressure on the price of app), it could be expected that low-priced applications are viewed as benefits. Perhaps it is stated that users did not think that price is a key factor. Only 22% of respondents agreed that lower software prices compared to standard software would be useful.

This survey has given an initial picture of user experience perception and experience with the use of mobile applications to learn languages. In particular, users seem to appreciate the benefits of mobile apps as a way to external courses. On the other hand, it seems that they are not yet fully benefiting from potential interactive features of mobile phones.

Source by Neil Coffey

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