App Assisted Language Learning: How Students Perceive Japanese Smartphone Apps
Ashley Moroz, University of Alberta , Canada
University of Alberta . Awarded
Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) has been used in second language classrooms since the 1960’s. With the advancement of technology, new resources are becoming available to assist language learning. The widespread use of internet-capable cell phones and the thousands of apps available for smartphones creates a new market for potential language learning. This study explores whether students are aware of Japanese apps, if teachers are aware of and share these language apps with their students and what features of these apps the students find useful. The results show that just over half of the students are aware of Japanese apps, however, very few students heard of the apps from their teachers. Dictionaries are the most popular app downloaded by the students, followed by kanji practice. However, there is no app currently available that includes all the features the students stated they would like to see in an app.
Moroz, A. App Assisted Language Learning: How Students Perceive Japanese Smartphone Apps. Master's thesis, University of Alberta.
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