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Utilising Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) for Vocabulary Acquisition of Refugee Women English Learners

Ahmad, K.S., Armarego, J. and Sudweeks, F.ORCID: 0000-0003-0237-3671 (2014) Utilising Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) for Vocabulary Acquisition of Refugee Women English Learners. In: 2nd International Virtual Conference on Advanced Scientific Results (ScieConf) 2014, 9 - 13 June 2014, Zilina, Slovakia

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Abstract

One of the common barriers of resettlement among refugees in Australia is the lack of English language proficiency. Even though there are policies and strategies in place to support resettlement, women refugees are not able to overcome this barrier as quickly as refugee men, due to sociocultural factors and family responsibility, This paper presents the initial data collection stage of a work-in-progress longitudinal case study that investigates how mobile assisted language learning (MALL) can be utilized for vocabulary acquisition of refugee women. First, it discusses the significance of vocabulary acquisition and non-formal learning for these women, and the significance of MALL in this non-formal learning setting. This is then followed by a discussion of the research context: the non-MALL stage is the control group and the MALL stage is where tablets are used as a teaching and learning tool. The MALL stage includes the system that is used to rate participants’ proficiency levels. The paper concludes with a discussion of how the MALL integrated vocabulary lessons are designed, and the potential outcome of the research.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Conference Website: https://www.scieconf.com/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/55468
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