Exploring learner perception, experience and motivation of using a mobile app in L2 vocabulary acquisition

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Abstract

In recent years, the widespread growth of mobile-assisted language learning using apps has made English vocabulary learning increasingly accessible. This study investigated students' perceptions of a vocabulary learning app developed by the researcher as a tool to help them to improve their L2 receptive vocabulary. The app, containing 20 levels, works with both iOS and Android. The participants were 14 undergraduate students at an English-medium university in Hong Kong. A qualitative methodology of semi-structured interviews captured a holistic overview and revealed students' perceptions of the app. The results suggested that Hong Kong university students have a strong motivation for acquiring an L2 vocabulary. Participants also indicated a preference for mobile applications using gamified features. The study highlights directions for future research into apps for English language learning. Copyright © 2020 IGI Global.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
JournalInternational Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

Citation

Kohnke, L. (2020). Exploring learner perception, experience and motivation of using a mobile app in L2 vocabulary acquisition. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 10(1), 15-26. doi: 10.4018/IJCALLT.2020010102

Keywords

  • Acquisition
  • Alphabet vs. Aliens @PolyU
  • Learning
  • Mobile app
  • Vocabulary

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