28 de diciembre de 2015

Mobile assisted language learning in distance and blended education

Mobile assisted language learning in distance and blended education

María Jordano de la Torre, María Dolores Castrillo de Larreta-Azelain, Antonio Pareja-Lora


Since the first special issue on Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) was published (Shield & Kukulska-Hulme, 2008), language learning by means of e.g. smartphones and tablets has undergone many changes. In fact, mobile devices have become one of the best allies of students in (language) learning so far, since they help them study anytime and anywhere.
This special issue of RIED reports on the most recent advances of MALL, exemplified by the evolution of some results concerning this area and presented in the last three years in (1) the last meetings of the EuroCALL Special Interest Group on MALL; and (2) in the EuroCALL (plenary) meetings themselves. It also reviews the foremost current trends in the development of this discipline in general and of its resources in particular (mainly mobile applications or apps) and the main concerns and objections posed to it in the wider scenario of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning).
All in all, this monograph on MALL reveals that, under some particular conditions, it  can be as effective as (or even more effective than) other learning or teaching methods and techniques, both in (A) distance or autonomous learning; and (B) formal and blended learning. It also shows some of the current shadows of this field (chiefly, the low level of oral interaction and/or communication of its solutions), which are to be cleared in possible future works.


Foreign Languages; Distance Learning; Mobile Devices

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