The Impact of Mobile Learning Environment on EFL Students' Learning of English Idioms through Concept Cartoons

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Yılmaz M. B., Kavanoz S., Dönmez H.

The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom, Brighton, United Kingdom, 1 - 03 June 2015, pp.139-149

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Brighton
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Page Numbers: pp.139-149
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Today, the most important form of communication among teenagers is carried out through

mobile devices. Mobile technologies have also various pedagogical practices and issues,

which are conceptualised as mobile learning (m-learning). Definitions of m-learning have

focused on access, mobility and support for learning in multiple locations without physical

network connections. Considering these features of m-learning, it was supposed that exposing

students to learning materials –such as idioms in English- at regular time intervals in an mlearning

environment would facilitate learning. In addition, using concept cartoons as

language learning materials and delivering them via m-learning can make these materials

pedagogically valuable sources.

Thus, this study included English idioms to be taught by using concept cartoons via mobile

phone’s instant messages (IM). To this end, the following question stands out: “Are there any

significant differences in students’ learning of idioms via SMS vis-à-vis the other method of

delivery, posters in classes?” During the study, thirty four 7th grade students (age 12-13)

were recruited as experimental and control groups. The first group of participants were

exposed to concept cartoons via IM in m-learning environment, and the second group was

exposed to the same cartoons in the form of posters in the classroom. The findings revealed

that the implemented treatment significantly increased English idiom comprehension levels

of both experimental and control group students. However, no difference was observed in

students’ learning of idioms via IM vis-à-vis the other method of delivery- posters in classes.