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Title: Listening to Teachers’ Voices: Evaluating Language Learning Apps with a Task-based Language Teaching Framework
Contributor(s): Matthews, Joshua  (author)orcid ; Burke, Rachel (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.32038/ltrq.2019.12.02Open Access Link
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Abstract: Language learning applications (LL Apps), especially those that can be downloaded to a mobile device, are popular, widely available and represent a potentially useful tool for language teachers and their students. However, concerns exist that many LL Apps are inadequately aligned with second language acquisition (SLA) theory, and/or poorly suited to the expectations and classroom requirements of language teachers. The current study examines these concerns by providing six language teachers with opportunities to use two popular LL Apps over the period of six weeks. During and after this period, qualitative data were gathered from the teachers by way of questionnaires and interviews. Teachers’ elaborations of the perceived affordances of the LL Apps for their language teaching were then coded against the methodological principles of a Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) framework (Doughty & Long, 2003). Analysis indicated that although some methodological principles central to TBLT were evident in the affordances offered by the LL Apps, many were not, or only minimally so. Concrete suggestions about how to more strongly align LL App design with the principles of TBLT are provided, and the important role of the teacher in the LL Apps design process is emphasized.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Language Teaching Research Quarterly, v.12, p. 16-36
Publisher: European Knowledge Development (EUROKD)
Place of Publication: Turkey
ISSN: 2667-6753
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
200303 English as a Second Language
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 470401 Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
470306 English as a second language
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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