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Effectiveness of Vocabulary Learning via Mobile Phone

Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Volume 24, Number 6, ISSN 1365-2729 Publisher: Wiley


Whereas the penetration of mobile phones in Asian countries keeps climbing, little research has explored the application of the short message service (SMS) in second language learning. This study aims to examine the effectiveness of SMS vocabulary lessons of limited lexical information on the small screens of mobile phones. Thirty high school students were randomly distributed into two groups and given two sets of English words either on paper or through SMS messages during two weeks. Students recognized more vocabulary during the post-test after reading the regular and brief SMS lessons than they did after reading the relatively more detailed print material. Qualitative data from interviews offer information about the learning process as well as the benefits and limitations of m-learning. Results of the questionnaires show that students in general hold positive attitudes towards learning vocabulary via mobile phone. On the other hand, technological limitations, unfamiliar presentations and learning activities may prevent students from reading SMS lessons.


Lu, M. (2008). Effectiveness of Vocabulary Learning via Mobile Phone. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 24(6), 515-525. Wiley. Retrieved August 8, 2020 from .

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