How teachers can guide students towards the increased use of contextualised MALL in target and non-target countries: The case of L2 Chinese adult students

Orit Ezra, Anat Cohen

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Abstract

Contextualised mobile assisted language learning (MALL) has been greatly discussed (Pegrum, 2014); however, its potential has not been reached in either target or non-target countries, and this calls for teachers' attention. This study recommended a way for teachers to guide their Chinese second or foreign language students towards increasing their contextualised MALL, by relying on a framework proposed by Cohen and Ezra (2018) and based on the learners' existing activities. The framework's contextualised components include real-world and real-life contexts (a measuring index is proposed), as well as device mobility. The study recommended the following: teachers in target and non-target countries should focus differently on generic and dedicated activities; content factors for dedicated activities should be taken into account; teachers should guide students to relate to the real world and real life, including objects and other core activities. The findings may encourage teachers to guide students without worrying about the extra time spent in an overcrowded curriculum. Implications for practice or policy: • Teachers should consider contextualised variables: devices mobility, real-world context level, and real-life context level. • Teachers in the target country should focus on dedicated mobile activities while tackling places and life needs. • Teachers in the non-target country should focus on both generic and dedicated mobile activities. • Teachers can guide students to deal with content factors such as a restricted school curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-154
Number of pages18
JournalAustralasian Journal of Educational Technology
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Chinese learning
  • Chinese teaching
  • Contextualised MALL
  • MALL
  • Mobile assisted language learning
  • Mobile learning

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