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The impact of utilising mobile assisted language learning (MALL) on vocabulary acquisition among migrant women English learners

Ahmad, K.S., Armarego, J. and Sudweeks, F. (2017) The impact of utilising mobile assisted language learning (MALL) on vocabulary acquisition among migrant women English learners. Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning, 13 . pp. 38-57.

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Abstract

Aim/Purpose
To develop a framework for utilizing Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) to assist non-native English migrant women to acquire English vocabulary in a non-formal learning setting.

Background
The women in this study migrated to Australia with varied backgrounds including voluntary or forced migration, very low to high levels of their first language (L1), low proficiency in English, and isolated fulltime stay-at-home mothers.

Methodology
A case study method using semi-structured interviews and observations was used. Six migrant women learners attended a minimum of five non-MALL sessions and three participants continued on and attended a minimum of five MALL sessions. Participants were interviewed pre- and post-sessions. Data were analysed thematically.

Contribution
The MALL framework is capable of enriching migrant women’s learning experience and vocabulary acquisition.

Findings
Vocabulary acquisition occurred in women from both non-MALL and MALL environment; however, the MALL environment provided significantly enriched vocabulary learning experience.

Future Research
A standardised approach to measure the effectiveness of MALL for vocabulary acquisition among migrant women in non-formal setting

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Informing Science Institute
Publishers Website: http://www.informingscience.org/Publications/3703
UNSD Goals: Goal 4: Quality Education
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/37197
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