The Effectiveness of Smartphone and Tablet PC Apps for Japanese Language Learning

  • Fusako Ota

Abstract

The emergence of smartphones and tablet PCs in the second decade of
the 21 sf century has furthered possibilities for mobile learning. The
characteristics of smartphones and tablet PC devices such as affinity,
portability, accessibility and the availability of low cost applications
(apps) with various functions have transformed these devices into a
realistic means of learning. In fact, it has been reported that many
second language (L2) learners have used such language learning apps
and evaluated them positively. The adaptation of mobile apps for L2
language education and training has been actively implemented by not
only individual users but also educational and business sectors in many
countries. Thus, this study explores the effectiveness of smartphone and
tablet PC apps for Japanese language learning, focusing on learners of
Japanese at a university in Australia. The types of Japanese language
learning apps that students have used and their usage are examined, in
order to investigate the effectiveness of such apps. This study aims to
provide helpful information to L2 educators and learners about the
adaptation of mobile devices to assist their language teaching and
learning.

Published
2015-04-15