Exploring a curriculum app and a social communication app for EFL learning

Bin Zou*, Hui Li, Jiaying Li

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Abstract

Mobile apps are broadly used by students in and after class to improve their language skills. This study aimed to investigate how a curriculum app and a social communication app can be integrated into English language teaching and learning and what sorts of tasks can be employed to enhance learners’ EFL learning. A curriculum app was created by the researchers and integrated into English teaching and learning in and out of class. Meanwhile, a social communication app used on mobile phones was also established for communication between students and the teacher. Questionnaires and interviews were conducted so as to explore students’ perceptions of these apps. The findings indicated that mobile learning can be adapted in EFL lessons and learners’ self-study. The apps providing sources connected to lessons and opportunities for communication offered additional support to students to practice English in and after class. Participants provided positive comments on the two apps for mobile learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-713
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Assisted Language Learning
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2018

Keywords

  • EFL learning
  • Mobile apps
  • social networking

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