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Investigating Mobile Technology Resources for Integration: The Technology-Pedagogy-Language-Culture (TPLC) Model

Conference paper
Authors Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi
Nataliya Berbyuk Lindström
Lorna Bartram
Linda Bradley
Published in Proceedings of mLearn: the 16th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, 30 October – 1 November 2017, Larnaca, Cyprus. Article No. 20, pp. 1-8
ISBN 978-1-4503-5255-0
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Keywords Integration, mobile assisted language learning (MALL), evaluation rubrics, intercultural communication, pedagogy, Arabic migrants
Subject categories Swedish language, Arabic language, Information Systems, Social aspects, Pedagogy


Acquiring language and culture of the host society are essential prerequisites for integration. As many migrants have smartphones, they can be used for integration purposes. In this study, mobile applications (apps) for Swedish language training, information about host society and contacts with locals targeted at newly arrived Arabic migrants are analysed. With focus on language and cultural training we developed a model for evaluation that takes into account both Technological, Pedagogical, Linguistic and Cultural aspects. The TPLC-model for evaluation shows that language training as well as translation and vocabulary apps dominate the Swedish market, while societal information is largely absent. Most of the analysed apps are technically reliable, free of charge and available for Android or both Android and iOS. However, in regard to the pedagogical aspects, the apps demonstrate a focus on traditional pedagogical approaches with basic vocabulary training and similar, while more active learning and pronunciation and speaking activities are less common. The latter can, together with expansion of intercultural communication, be areas for further development in mobile learning for integration purposes.

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