Lingobee and Mobile Language Learning at IADIS Mobile Learning 2013

In addition to Lingobee, other work related to Mobile Language Learning was presented at the IADIS Mobile Learning 2013 conference. These focused on the advantages that mobile technologies can offer in supporting “incidental” learning to engage learners in meaningful communication using the target language and “intentional” vocabulary learning; e.g. as a part of nursing education for English as a foreign language (EFL) learners. A survey conducted among students learning English as a foreign language about their learning habits and their attitudes towards using mobile devices for language learning was also presented.

Of particular interest is the work conducted at Tokushima University, Japan, in supporting language learners using a Ubiquitous Language Log, either initiated by the user or automatically captured using ubiquitous technologies such as sensors and cameras. Functionalities include support for collaboration among learners, experiential learning as the logs can be based on a real life experience, reflection and recall. As one of the authors of this work said, there were similarities with the Lingobee app. I will certainly be following this work!

Here is a word cloud of the proceedings of the conference. Note the word “language” appears quite small towards the top of the cloud.

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