Title: Integrating mobile-based individual activities into the Japanese EFL classroom

Authors: Yuichi Ono; Manabu Ishihara

Addresses: Foreign Language Center, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan. ' Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oyama National College of Technology, 771 Nakakuki, Oyama, Tochigi 323-0806, Japan

Abstract: This paper presents a new pedagogical model of blended learning on the basis of the platform presented in our earlier study presented at the conference, which introduced our class model providing the traditional Japanese classroom with Wi-Fi connected Mobile tools (iPod Touch, 2nd generation) and Learning Management Systems (LMS). The new model emphasises the facilitation of collaborative and individual activity with the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the normal classroom settings. Our lessons were designed on the basis of Keller's ARCS model, which aims to enhance learner's learning motivation. The results of this study verified the effects of the proposed blended learning lessons using iPod Touch in the classroom on learner's vocabulary acquisition, consciousness change, motivation and oral reading; and suggested that the use of mobile tools in the classroom stimulated their consciousness about language learning strategies and motivation in a more communicative direction.

Keywords: mobile tools; iPod touch; blended learning; shadowing; ARCS model; consciousness change; mobile learning; m-learning; ICT; Japan; Wi-Fi; learning management systems; LMS; learning motivation; vocabulary acquisition; consciousness change; oral reading; language learning; EFL; English as a foreign language.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2012.047597

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2012 Vol.6 No.2, pp.116 - 137

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 27 Jun 2012 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article