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ID : 465
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Title : Mobile messengers in French as a foreign language classes
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

Foreign language learners tend to lack contact time with their teacher or practice opportunities between classes, and this can hamper their progress or take a toll on learners’ motivation. This paper discusses how WhatsApp as a mobile messaging app – already in use by all course participants – may alleviate some of these problems, while expanding the course beyond the physical confines of the classroom. After presenting its features and affordances that are relevant for mobile language learning (instantaneous one-to-one messaging, group chats, sharing and discussion of texts, images, videos, documents or web links), we will evaluate the perception and use of this app by teachers and students of a university-level French language course. The data, collected through surveys and semi-structured interviews, revealed that (1) students tended to be enthusiastic and convinced about how this simple mobile communication tool is useful and effective for their ubiquitous learning, but that (2) teachers tended to be more reserved and had concerns about intrusion into their private time and space. We will discuss how these challenges can be overcome and whether alternative mobile messaging apps may be adopted to achieve similar outcomes.

Keywords : M-learning, Mobile messenger, Ubiquitous Learning, Foreign Language
Conference theme : Application of technology to the language classroom
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Main presenter : Daniel Chan
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Affiliation : National University of Singapore (Singapore, Singapore)
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Dr Daniel KG Chan is Assistant Director and Senior Lecturer of French at the Centre for Language Studies, National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD from Université of Paris-7 in Linguistics and has nearly twenty years of experience in the teaching of French, having tutored at Alliance Française and MOE Language Centre.

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Date added : Monday, 1 April 2019, 1:05 AM [JST]
Date modified : Friday, 3 May 2019, 1:20 AM [JST]
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 227-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 12: 05 - 12: 30
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A102
Schedule room seats : 40 seats
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