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

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 Mobile Assisted Language Learning Applications.   Retrieved May 15, 2010, from

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:

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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Cool Apps for Language Learning

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

5 Responses to MALL (Mobile Assisted Language Learning)

  1. ariftesl says:

    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,


  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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