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Mobile learning with Arabic speakers in Sweden

Conference paper
Authors Lorna Bartram
Linda Bradley
Kaled Walid Al-Sabbagh
Published in The Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES Symposium 2018). April 7-9th, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Publication year 2018
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (PIL)
Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (GU)
Language en
Links gces.ae/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/...
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Other Engineering and Technologies

Abstract

We set out to investigate the pedagogical implications of mobile learning and to develop a language learning application for Arabic-speaking migrants in Sweden, by far the largest language group of newly arrived migrants during the past few years. Through a design-based, bottom-up approach, the smartphone as a learning tool is explored. In our two most recent studies, 26 individuals were surveyed about their mobile literacy and preferences for learning with their smartphone. Qualitative methods, such as focus group interviews, questionnaires, and observations, were used. We developed a model for evaluating app usability, where we iteratively involved users to get feedback on their experience with the app and to generate ideas for development. Results indicate that the pedagogical aspects in existing apps focus on traditional approaches with basic vocabulary training, while more active learning, such as pronunciation and speaking activities are less common. This resulted in the design of our app, displaying pronunciation training activities with phrases connected to situations in everyday life.

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