Mobile Applications for Developing Second Language Collaborative Writing




Mobile Assisted Language Learning, Collaborative Writing, Mobile Apps for collaborative writing tools


Developing writing skills in a foreign language is one of the demanding tasks for both teachers and students. It not only demands extensive reading and intensive practice in writing both inside and outside the classroom but also timely feedback and error-correction. The experimental study aimed at studying the impact of collaborative writing tasks using mobile applications like WhatsApp, Google Docs, and Google Slides on enhancing the writing ability at the pre-intermediate level of Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR). The participants were tertiary level students of Cihan University who were randomly divided into two equal groups (n=28). One group used WhatsApp and the other group used the Google Docs and Google Slides apps on their mobile devices. The comparative study analyzed the impact of each application on improving the writing skills of the students with pretest and posttest results and semi-structured interviews. The results indicated that the participants who used Google Docs and Google Slides apps have performed better than the participants in the WhatsApp group. The results have implications for teachers teaching writing skills and students who write using mobile applications.

Author Biographies

Sasi Sekhar Mallampalli, Uttaranchal University Dehradun India

Sasi Sekhar Mallampalli is pursuing research in English Language Teaching (ELT) at Uttaranchal University, Dehradun, India. He is also working at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) Dehradun, India. He has participated and presented papers at national and international conferences. His research interests include Writing Skills at secondary and tertiary levels, Mobile Assisted Language Learning, Teaching with Technologies.



Shriya Goyal, Uttaranchal University Dehradun India

Dr. Shriya Goyal has more than 18 years of experience of teaching at Postgraduate and Undergraduate level along with research experience. Many Research Scholars are pursuing their Ph.D Research Work under her supervision. She has presented Research Papers and attended National and International Conferences, Seminars & Workshops, and has many published articles in International Journals to her credit.




How to Cite

Mallampalli, S. S., & Goyal, S. (2021). Mobile Applications for Developing Second Language Collaborative Writing. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), 15(07), pp. 185–193.



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