MALL (Mobile Assisted Language Learning)

Mobile Assisted Language Learning, or “MALL” is creating the same buzz in the new millennium that computer-assisted language learning (CALL) created in the 1990s. MALL is language learning using mobile devices such as:

  • cell (mobile) phones (including the iPhone)
  • MP3 or MP4 players (e.g. iPods)
  • Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) (e.g. Palm Pilot, Blackberry, etc.)

Here are a few articles — all published since 2000 – that I’ve found on MALL:

Chinnery, G. M. (2006). Emerging Technologies: Going to the MALL: Mobile Assisted Language Learning. Language Learning & Technology, 10(1), 9 – 16. Retrieved from http://llt.msu.edu/vol10num1/emerging/default.html

Collins, T. G. (2005). English Class on the Air: Mobile Language Learning with Cell Phones. Paper presented at the Fifth IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT’05). Retrieved from http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ICALT.2005.137

Edvista.com. Mobile Assisted Language Learning Applications.   Retrieved May 15, 2010, from http://www.edvista.com/claire/pres/iphoneapps/

Kukulska-Hulme, A., & Shield, L. (2007). An Overview of Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Can Mobile Devices Support Collaborative Practices in Speaking and Listening. Retrieved May 15 2010, from The Open University, UK: portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1520087

These are just a few articles that I found. If you have other online resources for MALL to share, please let me know.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.

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5 Responses to MALL (Mobile Assisted Language Learning)

  1. ariftesl says:

    Hi..
    Great blog u have here
    Just one thing..

    When we discuss MALL in ESL context.. Let it be EOP, EGP or even EAP.. Do we currently have a specific framework for it?

    Any links/papers for methodological framework/ pedagogical framework/ application framework are welcome.

    I want to know more 🙂
    Thanks in advance

  2. Shirin Amirzadeh says:

    Thank you Dr. Sarah. I am doing my MA TESOL in the university of Bath, The U.K. I am doing my research on MALL. Your site is priceless.

    Best wishes,

    Shirin

  3. Thanks, Susie! That’s an honour.

  4. susiedec4 says:

    Thank you, Dr. Sarah. You are a wealth of information. I’m starting an intensive CELTA class 6/7 in NYC and will be sure to share your blog with the students and teacher trainees alike.

    Susie Sullivan
    ESL Instructor

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