Examining the Effectiveness of Self-Directed Lan-guage Learning and the Use of Mobile Devices: A Qualitative Approach

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Or-Kan Soh, Muhammad Nazrul Nazerin, Hazita Azman


Language learners have moved beyond the boundary of formal classroom settings by using mobile devices outside of classroom settings. Therefore, mobile learning has been recognized as the technology to enhance learning and bridge the gap between informal and formal learning through everyday use of the devices. This study aimed at investigating the students' informal use of mobile devices based on three aspects of mobile learning which are personalization, collaboration, and authenticity to understand better students' behaviors with their technological devices in informal settings. In the qualitative approach, students were invited to participate in a semi-structured interviewed. A total of twenty voluntary students were interviewed by ten independent interviewers based on the six constructs. In the areas of mobile learning and language learning, mobile learning was found to be promising and might secure a new spot on the surface of emerging technologies in education. The area of mobile learning has attracted numbers of researchers from different disciplines and they realized the potentials mobile learning could bring when it comes to enhancing language learning.

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