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Title : Discipline specific language learning through a mobile application: a user evaluation of the Excel@English app
Type : Virtual presentation
Category : Individual session
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At higher education institutions, there is a major emphasis in language classes on building an academic and discipline-specific vocabulary sufficient to understand the literature discussed in class and to complete the assignments.  Thus, insufficient vocabulary is one of the primary difficulties that students face in university-level language acquisition (Perin, 2013).  The problem is particularly acute in the context of specific disciplines, which are the core of individual students’ coursework (Kieffer, Petscher, Proctor, & Silverman, 2016).


In light of the importance of L2 vocabulary acquisition for students’ success in higher education the Excel@English PolyU mobile app was developed and employed at a university in Hong Kong. The app was developed with the aim of providing ESL/EFL students with vocabulary acquisition using an intuitive game-mood design (levels, leader board, social media integration) in which students complete challenges to expand their academic and discipline-specific vocabulary range. This paper will present the results of the effectiveness of Excel@EnglishPolyU (a non-commercial and freely available app) in enhancing students’ retention of discipline-specific vocabulary by analysing pre- and post-tests. The presentation will be beneficial for teachers interested in L2 vocabulary acquisition incorporating mobile/blended learning in higher institutions.

Keywords : Mobile app, Vocabulary, Language, Acquisition, Hong Kong
Conference theme : Fostering autonomous learning through technology
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Main presenter : Mr. Lucas Kohnke
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Affiliation : Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
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Lucas Kohnke is a Teaching Fellow at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include technology-supported teaching and learning, professional development using information communication technology and mentoring. Lucas has published in the TESOL Journal, RELC Journal, and Journal of Education for Teaching.

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Date added : Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 8:10 PM
Date modified : Monday, 5 August 2019, 8:38 PM
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 410-V
Schedule day : Virtual Presentations
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