Effect of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) Attitude and Practices in University Students

Authors

  • Rubina Shaheen Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh. Author
  • Abdul Rasheed Soomro Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Sindh. Author
  • Hyder Ali Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Community College Khairpur Mir’s, Sindh. Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.2.8

Keywords:

MALL, Foreign Language Learning, Foreign Language Development, Technology

Abstract

This study explores how technology, particularly mobile devices, is changing the landscape of foreign language learning. Traditionally, foreign language education relied on various methods and techniques, but the rise of technology and changing teacher attitudes have paved the way for innovative approaches. Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) represents the latest evolution, following the earlier Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) approach. This research investigates the impact of MALL on student attitudes and practices in foreign language learning. The mixed study involved 40 university students from various majors. Data was collected through a 5-point Likert scale survey and follow-up semi structured interviews with some volunteers. The findings revealed a strong belief among students that mobile devices are highly effective for language learning. Students highlighted the advantage of instant access to target language input through mobile tools. Overall, participants' high mobile phone use, media preferences, and frequency of mobile phone usage all pointed towards a positive attitude towards the role of mobile phones in their foreign language development. The findings of this study extend beyond the immediate research and can be applied by future researchers, teachers, parents, and others interested in language learning.

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Author Biographies

  • Rubina Shaheen, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh.

    Assistant Professor, Institute of English, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan.

  • Abdul Rasheed Soomro, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Sindh.

    Lecturer, Institute of English, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan.

  • Hyder Ali, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Community College Khairpur Mir’s, Sindh.

    Subject Specialist, Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Community College Khairpur Mir’s, Sindh, 
    Pakistan. Email: drowsylaked_eye@yahoo.com

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Published

2024-05-28

How to Cite

Effect of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) Attitude and Practices in University Students. (2024). Journal of Asian Development Studies, 13(2), 101-113. https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.2.8

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