Reading Aides

This category of articles includes studies and reviews pertaining to the use of reading aids, such as text-to-speech software and e-books, both in and outside of the classroom.

m-Learning: An experiment in using SMS to support learning new English language words

Jun 28, 2013, 13:45 PM
Cavus, N., & Ibrahim, D. (2009). m-Learning: An experiment in using SMS to support learning new English language words. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40(1), 78-91.

Characteristics

  • This study investigated the effectiveness of using Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging to increase English language learners’ knowledge of English words.
  • For this study, researchers developed the mobile learning tool (MOLT), which is a computer program in which they could input the narrative to be sent as a text message and set the time/date of the message delivery.
  • The current study was conducted with 45 undergraduate students at Near East University in Cyprus who were pursuing degrees in Computer Information Systems; thus, the English words sent to them via text message had to do with technical English vocabulary (e.g., bandwidth, dial-up, encoder).

Setting

  • The study took place on a college campus in Cyprus.

Method

  • All participants took a pretest, which assessed their prior knowledge of the technical English vocabulary that would be used in the experiment.
  • Participants agreed to carry their mobile phones with them at all times and were able to receive and view SMS messages on their phones.
  • During the experimental phase, the MOLT system sent participants 16 text messages each day for 9 days.
  • Each text message contained an English technical vocabulary word with the Turkish translation.
  • Upon receiving each message, participants were expected to read and attempt to memorize the new word no matter where they were.
  • Following the 9 day experimental phase, participants took a posttest that included all the words used during the study to evaluate whether they made gains in their knowledge of technical English vocabulary.
  • Students also completed a posttreatment written survey, which examined their perceptions of the MOLT system.

Results

  • An analysis of participants’ pre- and post-test vocabulary knowledge revealed that students made statistically significant gains in their knowledge of technical English vocabulary.
  • Survey results indicated that students found the MOLT system enjoyable, easy to access, and allowed them to learn content in a variety of non-educational settings.
  • The findings provide initial support for the efficacy of using a mobile-phone based teaching system with English language learners.
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Computer Assisted Instruction

m-Learning: An experiment in using SMS to support learning new English language words

Jun 28, 2013, 13:45 PM
Cavus, N., & Ibrahim, D. (2009). m-Learning: An experiment in using SMS to support learning new English language words. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40(1), 78-91.

Characteristics

  • This study investigated the effectiveness of using Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging to increase English language learners’ knowledge of English words.
  • For this study, researchers developed the mobile learning tool (MOLT), which is a computer program in which they could input the narrative to be sent as a text message and set the time/date of the message delivery.
  • The current study was conducted with 45 undergraduate students at Near East University in Cyprus who were pursuing degrees in Computer Information Systems; thus, the English words sent to them via text message had to do with technical English vocabulary (e.g., bandwidth, dial-up, encoder).

Setting

  • The study took place on a college campus in Cyprus.

Method

  • All participants took a pretest, which assessed their prior knowledge of the technical English vocabulary that would be used in the experiment.
  • Participants agreed to carry their mobile phones with them at all times and were able to receive and view SMS messages on their phones.
  • During the experimental phase, the MOLT system sent participants 16 text messages each day for 9 days.
  • Each text message contained an English technical vocabulary word with the Turkish translation.
  • Upon receiving each message, participants were expected to read and attempt to memorize the new word no matter where they were.
  • Following the 9 day experimental phase, participants took a posttest that included all the words used during the study to evaluate whether they made gains in their knowledge of technical English vocabulary.
  • Students also completed a posttreatment written survey, which examined their perceptions of the MOLT system.

Results

  • An analysis of participants’ pre- and post-test vocabulary knowledge revealed that students made statistically significant gains in their knowledge of technical English vocabulary.
  • Survey results indicated that students found the MOLT system enjoyable, easy to access, and allowed them to learn content in a variety of non-educational settings.
  • The findings provide initial support for the efficacy of using a mobile-phone based teaching system with English language learners.
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  • Reading
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