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mobile applications for critical and less commonly taught languages

Despite increasing evaluation of the use of mobile applications for language learning, little is known about how usage of mobile applications affect students' individualized formal and informal learning of critical and less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) when using these tools. The mobile devices discussed include tools and applications that are available for the students of critical and LCTLs. The presenter examines the best use of the mobile devices in the language classroom and outside the academic environment based on pedagogical considerations as well as previous research on usage of mobile learning. Discussions on how to integrate usage of mobile devices into the learning of the critical languages then follow, accompanied by the expression of practical concerns in regard to the mobile delivery development.

Author(s):

Elena Osinsky    
Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
The University of Iowa
United States

Elena Osinsky has been a member of the teaching and research staff at the University of Iowa since 2000, where she is currently the Language Initiatives Manager at the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Elena is also in charge of Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet) language learning service which offers a novel resource to study critical and less commonly taught languages through independent language learning.

 

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