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Attitudes of Second Language Learners of Arabic and Their Teachers to Mall (Mobile-Assisted Language Learning)

Summary

Confirmation of candidature presentation by Ahmed Alqarni

Start Date

29th May 2017 2:00pm

End Date

29th May 2017 2:45pm

Venue

Education Video Conference Rooms:

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.A119.Video

The latest generation of smartphones and tablets that have faster cellular connectivity and increased Wi-Fi capabilities, have ushered in a new way of learning known as Mobile learning (M-learning). A number of studies have reviewed the integration of mobile devices with learning and teaching (e.g. Fleischer, 2012; Hwang, Chu, Lin & Tsai, 2011). Sung. Chang, and Liu (2016) concluded that "the effect of using mobile devices in education is better than using desktop computers or not using mobile devices" (Sung et al., 2016, p. 265).

The use of mobile technologies in the learning and teaching of Arabic as a second language, in both formal and informal contexts, from the perspective of teachers and students in Saudi Arabia has yet to be investigated. For the purpose of this study, this research will target L2 Arabic learners and their teachers at seven Saudi university language Institutes. The proposed study aims to provide an overview of the extent to which second language learners (L2) of Arabic in Saudi Arabia and their teachers currently use their mobile devices (MDs) to learn and teach Arabic, including who is using MDs, what kind of mobile devices are being used, and how the devices are currently being used In the learning and teaching of Arabic. The sequential explanatory design method will be used. The findings can be used to raise awareness about the Importance of designing a mobile learning program, which can help students and teachers to promote Arabic language learning and teaching.