Use of Language-Learning Apps as a Tool for Foreign Language Acquisition by Academic Libraries Employees
Language-learning apps are becoming prominent tools for self-learners. This article investigates whether librarians and employees of academic libraries have used them and whether the content of these language-learning apps supports foreign language knowledge needed to fulfill library-related tasks. The research is based on a survey sent to librarians and employees of the University Libraries of the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB), two professional library organizations, and randomly selected employees of 74 university libraries around the United States. The results reveal that librarians and employees of academic libraries have used language-learning apps. However, there is an unmet need for language-learning apps that cover broader content including reading comprehension and other foreign language skills suitable for academic library work.
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, “Will Mobile Learning Change Language Learning?” Recall 21, no. 2 (2009): 157, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0958344009000202.
Florence Martin and Jeffrey Ertzberger, “Here and Now Mobile Learning: An experimental Study on the use of Mobile Technology,” Computers & Education 68, (2013): 76-85, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2013.04.021;
Houston Heflin, Jennifer Shewmaker, and Jessica Nguyen, “Impact of Mobile Technology on Student Attitudes, Engagement, and Learning,” Computers & Education 107, (2017): 91-99, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2017.01.006;
Yoon Jung Kim, “The Effects of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) on Korean College Students’ English-Listening Performance and English-Listening Anxiety,” Studies in Linguistics, no. 48 (2018): 277-98, https://doi.org/10.15242/HEAIG.H1217424;
Jack Burston, “The Reality of Mall: Still on the Fringes,” CALICO Journal 31, no. 1 (2014): 103-25, https://www.jstor.org/stable/calicojournal.31.1.103.
Jaclyn Broadbent, “Comparing Online and Blended Learner’s Self-Regulated Learning Strategies and Academic Performance,” Internet and Higher Education 33 (2017): 24, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2017.01.004.
Rui-Ting Huang and Chung-Long Yu, “Exploring the Impact of Self-Management of Learning and Personal Learning Initiative on Mobile Language Learning: A Moderated Mediation Model,” Australian Journal of Education Technology 35, no. 3 (2019): 118, https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.4188.
Mebratu Mulato Bachore, “Language through Mobile Technologies: An Opportunity for Language Learners and Teachers,” Journal of Education and Practice 6, no. 31 (2015): 51, https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1083417.pdf.
Fatima Ezzahraa Louhab, Ayoub Bahnasse, and Mohamed Talea, “Considering Mobile Device Constraints and Context-Awareness in Adaptive Mobile Learning for Flipped Classroom,” Education and Information Technologies 23, no. 6 (2018): 2608, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-018-9733-3.
Linda Bradley, “The Mobile Language Learner: Use of Technology in Language Learning,” Journal of Universal Computer Science 21, no. 10 (2015): 1270, http://jucs.org/jucs_21_10/the_mobile_language_learner/jucs_21_10_1269_1282_bradley.pdf.
Tanya Elias, “Universal Instructional Design Principles for Mobile Learning,” The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 12, no. 2 (2011): 149, https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v12i2.965.
Robert Godwin-Jones, “Emerging Technologies: Mobile Apps for Language Learning,” Language Learning & Technology 15, no. 2 (2011): 3, http://dx.doi.org/10125/44244.
“Membership: List of ARL Members,” Association of Research Libraries, accessed April 5, 2019, https://www.arl.org/membership/list-of-arl-members.
Jingjing Jiang, “Millenials Stand Out for their Technology Use,” Pew Research Center (2018), https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/05/02/millennials-stand-out-for-their-technology-use-but-older-generations-also-embrace-digital-life/
Copyright (c) 2019 Kathia Ibacache
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Authors that submit to Information Technology and Libraries agree to the Copyright Notice.