Using Mobile Applications to Promote English Language Learning

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Using Mobile Applications to Promote English Language Learning

MoRCE-Net Fifth National Conference Marrakech Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2017

Abdellatif ZoubairEmail: abdellatif.zoubair@gmail.comWeb: www. zoubaireltcommunity.ac.mawww. zoubaireltcommunity.wix.com/eduresources

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017

1. Discuss the rationale behind the use of mobile apps.2. List the main benefits of such tools for learning.3. Suggest criteria for selecting appropriate apps.4. Share insights of mobile apps piloted in class.5. Identify the potential constraints of mobile apps.6. Come up with practical recommendations.

Agenda:

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Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017-In-class instruction time is insufficient.-Almost all students have got a cell phone.-Most phones come with built-in apps.-More apps can be downloaded for free.-Students use them more than computers.-Promote practice anywhere and anytime.-Students like screen size limitation. - . . .

I. Why do we need to use mobile apps in our Moroccan ELT context?

II. What are the benefits for learners?

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017-Support learning. -Enhance autonomy.-Promote authentic communication and collaboration.-Reduce gap between the classroom and the outside world.-Allow more practice and exposure time to the target language.-Provide control over ones learning.. . .

III. What criteria should we adopt to evaluate mobile apps? (ref. Peachy)Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017-Technical: accessibility, user-friendliness, registration, security, . . .-Financial: free or paying, business model for support, . . . -Motivational: digital literacy, authenticity, personalization, . . .-Pedagogical: learning goal, communication, long term use, assessment, context, autonomy, . . . - . . .

Sample mobile application(s) piloted by volunteer teachers

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017Speak English fluently Learn cards Hangman Dictionnary Free dictionary phrasalsteinEdmodo dict.cc dictionary Wiki pedia mobile Crossword Puzzle TEDx PronunciationVocabla Quizlet Ponunroid My word Johnny Grammar Word Challenge IELTS skillsLearn English syllables Big City Ted talks My first word Vocabulary builder MagooshGoogle translation Easy English Grammar Dictionary Word Web

IV. Which mobile apps have you tried in class? Share your insights with the group (see videos below)

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017Agadir teachers share feedback on mobile apps/Part 1 ( Group 1) Agadir teachers share feedback on mobile apps/Part 2 ( Group 1) Agadir teachers share feedback on mobile apps/Part 3 ( Group 1) Agadir teachers report on Mobile Apps (Group 2)Agadir teachers report on Mobile Apps (Group 3)

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V. Are there any potential limitations?

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017-Cost-Security-Privacy-Work load-Noise and disruption- . . .

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017-Careful selection-Real planning-Set rules for use- . . .

VI. Where do we go from here?

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017Harmer, J. 2007. The Practice of English Language Teaching. Pearson Longman, Fourth Edition.Peachey, N. Evaluating Authentic Mobile Apps, in http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/2013/09/evaluating-authentic-mobile-apps-for.htmlReinders, H. 2010. Twenty Ideas for Using Mobile Phones in the Language Classroom. ELT Forum, Number 3, 2010.Richards, Jack C. & Scmidt, R. 2010. Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics. Longman.https://www.englishforums.com/content/resources/top-mobile-apps-for-learning-english.htmhttp://www.hongkiat.com/blog/mobile-apps-learn-english/

REFERENCES:

Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017Davis, S. 10 Best, Shockingly Good Apps for ESL Teachers, http://www.fluentu.com/english/educator/blog/best-apps-for-esl-teachers/Hein, K. The Essential Guide for Apps for Learning English as a Foreign Language, http://mastersinesl.com/essential-esl-app-guide/#Sanchez, S. 10 Popular Apps for English Language Learners and Teachers, http://www.gettingsmart.com/2016/06/10-popular-apps-english-language-learners-teachers/Schiola, E. and Sin, G. 21 helpful apps for teachers and educators, http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-apps-for-teachers-education/

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Mobile Apps to Promote ELL, Morcenet 5th Conf Jan. 2017

Thank you all for your attention!

MoRCE-Net Fifth National ConferenceMarrakech Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2017