Title: Exploring adult learners' perceptions towards learning English via mobile applications

Authors: Jo Shan Fu; Hui-Chin Yeh; Pei-Chun Liang; Leechin Heng

Addresses: Department of English, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan ' Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan ' Kimberley Language School, No. 5, Ln. 26, Ganghou Rd., Lukang Township, Changhua County 505, Taiwan ' School of Educational Studies and Leadership, University of Canterbury, Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand

Abstract: An increasing number of language learning websites, podcasts and audiobooks are created for users to access via mobile phones. While studies conducted on the use of mobile applications (apps) in language learning and teaching for students or working adults have been highly positive, few have explored other motivations, such as leisure or personal interests. Therefore, this paper explores ten adult female learners' experiences of using mobile apps based on self-regulated learning (SRL) to assist their English listening and speaking skills outside classrooms. Findings from the study demonstrate the affordances of mobile apps in enhancing L2 learners' SRL through accessibility and portability in offering adult learners to practice and engage with study materials according to their personal interests and learning progress. Simultaneously, it provides adult learners with the opportunity to access learning materials anytime and anywhere, which not only lowers their anxiety but also encourages them to participate fully in class.

Keywords: adult learners; L2 acquisition; mobile-assisted language learning; listening and speaking skills; digital pedagogy; language competency; 21st century learning; English as a Foreign Language; EFL; self-regulated learning; SRL; student engagement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2021.119471

International Journal of Learning Technology, 2021 Vol.16 No.3, pp.181 - 196

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 29 Nov 2021 *

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