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Discipline specific language learning through a mobile application: a user evaluation of the Excel@English app

by Lucas Kohnke

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.

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