The effect of mobile-assisted language learning on ESP students’ communicative competence

Suparmi, Suparmi (2015) The effect of mobile-assisted language learning on ESP students’ communicative competence. Presented at 24th MELTA International Conference, 1-3 June 2015, Kuala Lumpur.

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In recent years, Mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) has gained in popularity in a variety of learning contexts. This approach fosters and engages autonomous learning, as students using it are able to optimize their understanding of language instruction via wireless mobile devices. The following study aims to examine the effects of MALL on Indonesian ESP (English for Specific Purposes) students’ communicative competence. It also investigates Indonesian ESP students’ perceptions of the use of MALL in optimizing their communicative competence and learning autonomy. Fifty intermediate ESP students participated in this study. The participants in the experimental group were provided with MP3 soft files of listening materials to download in their mobile phones. Students listened to key vocabulary and audio files and then discussed activity questions. By utilizing the t-test for independent samples, the results of the study indicated that MALL had a great effect on improving ESP students’ communicative competence. In addition, there was a prodigious majority of ESP students with positive perceptions of the use of MALL in assisting their learning. By way of conclusion, practical and essential suggestions related to the result of this study, especially for language teachers and students, will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: MALL; ESP students; communicative competence
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
Divisions: Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teaching Training > Department of English Language Education
Depositing User: Suparmi Suparmi
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 10:27


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