L'italiano al telefonino: Using SMS to support beginners' language learning

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Title L'italiano al telefonino: Using SMS to support beginners' language learning
Author Kennedy, Claire Fiona; Levy, Michael John
Journal Name ReCALL
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Cambridge
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Abstract This article discusses an experiment in sending regular Short Message Service (SMS) messages to support language learning, and vocabulary learning in particular, at beginners' level in Italian at an Australian university. The approach we took built on the initiatives of Thornton and Houser (2005) and Dias (2002b), and was informed by the results of an earlier trial we had conducted with students at high-intermediate level (Levy & Kennedy, 2005). In testing the possibilities for using mobile phones for language learning purposes, we were especially interested in investigating the acceptability of a 'push' mode of operation, in which the scheduling of messages is determined by the teachers. While the students appreciated the experience overall, and found the message content often useful or enjoyable, there was a wide range of views on the frequency of messages acceptable. We are therefore planning the further integration of messaging into the course around a flexible arrangement involving options for high or low frequency of pushed messages, as well as messages available on request – in 'pull' mode.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0958344008000530
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 20
Issue Number 3
Page from 315
Page to 330
ISSN 0958-3440
Date Accessioned 2009-03-11
Date Available 2011-10-20T06:39:00Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Language, Communication and Culture
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22941
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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