Dissertation Prospectus Presentation — A Ram Cho
“Navigating mobile Learning: English learners’ learning and literacy practices.”
by: A Ram Cho
Despite the fact that the majority of teenagers and young adults use smartphones, not much research has been done on English Learners’ (ELs’) actual mobile phone language practices regarding what they do and most importantly how they use their smartphones as a language learning assistant device (Godwin-Jones, 2008). Many attempts have been tried to describe mobile literacy practices: however, related studies focused primarily on technological evaluations such as what kinds of applications were developed to help language learners (Petrova &Li, 2009). Given the scarcity of literature in this area, a primary purpose of this study is to explore ELs’ (ages 13-21) perceptions of mobile-assisted language and literacy practices and to document what literacy practices occur through their mobile assisted application. This study will draw from New Literacies Studies (Gee 2004, 2010; Kress. 2003) as it views various digital tools for providing and receiving meaning like languages. Participants are using, Involving, interacting, and valuing while they use tools like smartphones, IPads, and other mobile devices (Gee, 2004). Research questions guiding this study are as follows: 1) To what extent is the EL motivated to learn the target language using mobile devices? 2) What aspects of mobile devices do ELs use to learn language? 3) What digital behaviors do ELs exhibit when using different types of mobile devices (e.g., preferences, features, etc.)? 4) What language learning processes and social interactions are observable as ELs use mobile device-assisted language software/programs? Data collection will occur throughout the spring semester of 2017 and will Include audiotaped bi-weekly interviews or students, student-generated Journals, and researcher’s journal. Data analysis will follow using the constant comparative method. This study will advance knowledge In the field of ELs’ mobile assisted language learning and literacy practices, and provide educators and researchers practical applications in ESL curriculum. More specifically, It Is hoped that this study will add to the literature on how mobile devices can be used to support ELs and to explore the potential benefits or these devices as a language tool.