Mobile applications are all anger. But how useful is language learner compared to traditional language software? In this article, I report on the main findings of a survey that has recently been made by students on mobile apps for language learning.
The survey was conducted in a French language and dictionary website, with a total of 290 respondents responding. Nearly one third (31%) reported using mobile devices for language learning;
Each respondent asked whether or not they used their language learning device, they asked how many features of mobile devices have the benefits of language learning. Of these, the most striking benefit of respondents (56% in agreement) was that applications encourage "bite-sized" learning: mobile apps are generally designed to be captured for a short period of time, without the need for long concentrating seams.
Currently, respondents seemingly not perceive the use of applications as part of mainstream learning, but this can be beneficial. More than one third (38%) of the respondents agreed that the benefits of the applications were the opportunity to study outside the school or other formal environment. A similar number (37%) proved to be beneficial for applications as an "additional tool" for language practice to "help things sink." It will be interesting to see that these perceptions change as more mobile devices are used in the classroom.
With the help of today's mobile audio, visual and tactile interfaces, we can conclude that interactivity is a benefit. But fewer respondents thought that this situation, only 25% agree with the statement: "I find a mobile app more interactive." This may be a message to application planners that they still need to work to make better use of input and output devices.
The average price for a training application is a few dollars (and the downward pressure on application prices)), the low price of apps may be beneficial considered. Perhaps surprisingly, users did not find a price key factor: only 22% of respondents agreed that the lower price of apps was advantageous compared to regular software.
This survey gave an initial picture of user perceived trends and the experiences of using mobile apps for language learning. In particular, users see that they appreciate the benefits of mobile apps, such as lesson-less, bite-sized learning tools. On the other hand, it does not seem to fully utilize the potential interactive features of mobile devices.
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