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Volume 9 Number 1, 2018
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Yang, J., & Yin, C. (2018). Learning Chinese Colloquialisms through Mobile Technology. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 9(1), 35-47.
[杨佳, & 尹承旭. (2018). 基于移动通信技术的口语习语教学. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 9(1), 35-47.]

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This is a study of the effectiveness of learning colloquialisms through the use of mobile technology. A within-subjects research design was adopted to expose all participants to learning colloquialisms through mobile phones and printed materials. The results indicate that distributing vocabulary-learning materials via mobile messages could suit learners’ preference for using mobile devices and increase the possibility of incidental vocabulary learning. However, such a practice only promotes learners’ short-term retention of the vocabulary. The study also reveals that the length of previous language learning experience did not have a significant effect on the outcome of mobile-assisted language learning. Furthermore, there were no statistical correlations between learners’ attitudes toward mobile learning and their learning outcomes either. The results suggest that mobile-assisted language learning can be an effective teaching approach for L2 learners, regardless of their language proficiency levels. Learners can be engaged in the learning of new words even when they do not have positive attitudes toward the perceived usefulness of the mobile-assisted approach, as long as the mobile-assisted learning activities are designed to connect with in-class instruction.


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