WhatsApp: Language Learning on-the-go

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A short presentation reporting on a pilot project using WhatsApp for language learning in the UK HE sector.


  • 1.WhatsApp: Language Learning on-the-go E- symposium 2014 23rd January, 2013 - 24th January, 2014 University of SouthamptonBilly Brick and Tiziana Cervi-Wilson lsx133@coventry.ac.uk and lsx091@coventry.ac.uk Coventry University

2. JISC (2011) Supporting Learners in a Digital Age, Briefing Paper.214/02/2014 3. 314/02/2014 4. 414/02/2014 5. What kind of activity is a task? Willis and Willis (2007:12-14) offer the following criteria in the form of questions. The more confidently you can answer yes to each of these questions, the more task-like the activity. Will the activity engage learners' interest? Is there a primary focus on meaning? Is there a goal or an outcome? Is success judged in terms of outcome? Is completion a priority? Does the activity relate to real world activities?' 614/02/2014 6. The Pilot Project (1) Creating the activity (repurposing existing activity) Briefing with students (phones, ethics, willingness, BYOD) Setting up groups on Whatsapp714/02/2014 7. The Pilot Project (2) On the day (weather, graduation ceremony!) Told students they could text us if they got stuck Feedback (Google maps) Serendipitous! Discussion about directions, clarifying contentious issues 814/02/2014 8. PositivesOverwhelming positive responsePreferable to Moodle due to immediacy and convenience Using Italian in a real life situation 914/02/2014 9. Technical Issues Anonymity of number has to ask the Faculty to get us a phone. SD memory Card Wireless Connection. Poor signal. GPS and installation Students did not need technology support and didnt mention data charges 1014/02/2014 10. ImprovementsRecord sound files directly rather than via Dropbox Timed?Incorporate short videos 1114/02/2014 11. Future DirectionsDesigning Weekly tasks for IWLP students to reinforce classroom learning. Experiment with short student videos1214/02/2014 12. References Avatar Languages (2009) Augmented Reality Language Learning [online] available from [20th Jan 2014] Betham, H. and Sharpe , R. (eds) (2007) Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: Designing and Delivering E-Learning. London: Routledge. Bibby, S (2011) Do Students Wish to Go Mobile? An Investigation into Student Use of PCs and Cell Phones. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 1 (2), 43-54 Brown, E (2010) Introduction to location-based mobile learning. In: Brown, Elizabeth ed. Education in the wild: contextual and location-based mobile learning in action. A report from the STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous workshop series. STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous workshop. Nottingham, UK: Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Nottingham, pp. 79. [online] available from [21st Jan 2014] Bloom, B (1956). Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Handbook I: The Cognitive Domain. New York: David McKay Godwin-Jones, R (2011) Emerging Technologies. Mobile Apps for Language Learning. Language Learning and Technology 15 (2) pp211. [online] available from [10th Jan 2014] Guardian (2013) Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger apps. Available from http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/10/teenagers-messenger-apps-facebook-exodus Conole, G and Alevizo, P (2010) A literature review of the use of Web2.0 tools in Higher Education. HEA Academy. [online] available from [20 January 2013] Corrin, L. Lockyer, L. and Bennett, S (2010) Technological diversity: an investigation of students' technology use in everyday life and academic study. Learning, Media and Technology, 35 (4) pp. 387-401 JISC (2011) Supporting Learners in a Digital Age, Briefing Paper. Kukulska-Hulme, A. (2009) Will mobile learning change language learning? ReCALL 21 (2) 157-165. Kukulska-Hulme, A and Jones, C (2011) The next generation: design and the infrastructure for learning in a mobile and networked world. In: Olofsson, A. D. and Lindberg, J. Ola eds. Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (an Imprint of IGI Global), pp. 5778. Reedy, K. and Goodfellow, R. (2012) Digital and information literacy framework. Open University. Willis, D. and Willis, J. (2007) Doing task-based teaching. Oxford: OUP. 1314/02/2014