Mobile-assisted Language Learning Using WeChat Instant Messaging

Zijuan Shi, Gaofeng Luo, Le He

Abstract


China has a long-standing problem in second-language education, that is, the lack of communicative learning opportunities. This study attempts to solve the problem by introducing mobile-assisted language learning with WeChat instant messaging. WeChat is one of the most popular instant messaging applications in China. It offers five advantages for education: multi-functionality, individuality, accessibility, interactivity, and affordability. 50 students participated in a one-semester program. They were divided into two groups. One group learned English with the assistance of mobile applications (WeChat group), and the other learned English without assistance (Control group). A pre-test and a post-test were given, and the scores were analyzed. The results showed that students in the WeChat group significantly improved in English proficiency. The results suggest that mobile-assisted language learning helps to create language immersion, which effectively motivates the learners further. Therefore, mobile-assisted language learning is promising in English learning for college students.

Keywords


English learning; mobile-assisted language learning; WeChat

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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