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Using Mobile Technologies with Young Language Learners to Support and Promote Oral Language Production

Martine Pellerin
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Martine Pellerin: Department of Education, University of Alberta Campus Saint-Jean, Edmonton, Canada

International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 2014, vol. 4, issue 4, 14-28

Abstract: The paper examines how the use of mobile technologies such as tablets and handheld MP3 players can support and promote oral language production among young language learners. It explores how the use of these mobile technologies in the language classroom supports pedagogical practices anchored in socioconstructivist theories of SLA that emphasize the role of dialogue and social interaction among young language learners. The paper is based on a collaborative action research project involving French Immersion teachers and their students in primary schools in a western province of Canada. Findings show that the affordances of mobile technologies contribute to the creation of innovative learning environments and authentic language learning experiences that support and promote the production of oral language among young language learners. The inquiry demonstrates the adoption of second language pedagogical approaches anchored in socioconstructivist theories of SLA that promote autonomy and a sense of agency among language learners.

Date: 2014
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