Mobile assisted language learning: investigating English speaking performance and satisfaction


Ergün Elverici S.

RumeliDE Dil ve Edebiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi, no.Ö13, pp.1305-1317, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

Abstract

With their growing popularity, mobile technologies can be seen as having the capacity to enhance language learning by offering learners a flexible and dynamic learning environment that is not limited by time or location. While the integration of technology in foreign language education has demonstrated overall success, including enhanced language learning outcomes through mobile technologies, it is important to acknowledge that there is also research highlighting potential drawbacks. Therefore, conducting further studies in this area remains crucial for a comprehensive understanding. This is more significant when speaking is considered as a skill of paramount importance compared to others and student satisfaction which can lead to overall success of the course. Therefore, the primary goal of this descriptive study is to investigate the potential advantages and consequences of integrating mobile technologies into blended learning language classes. Within this framework, the study focuses on examining the utilization of a recognized Web 2.0 tool, specifically Voki, to assess its effects on the English speaking proficiency and satisfaction perceptions of preparatory school students in blended learning settings. The results of the study reveal that the implementation of Voki leads to a significant enhancement in students' speaking skills, accompanied by a noticeable increase in their satisfaction levels. These findings suggest that intentional integration of mobile technologies into language education, particularly through the utilization of a Web 2.0 tool like Voki with its multimedia capabilities, holds the potential to serve as a valuable educational asset.