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A Study on the Usage of Smartphones for English Listening Activity

디지털 융합 영어 듣기 활동을 위한 스마트폰 활용 연구

  • 최미양 (숭실대학교 베어드학부대학)
  • Received : 2017.02.28
  • Accepted : 2017.04.20
  • Published : 2017.04.28

Abstract

This study investigates the usage of smartphones in English listening activities. 71 students answered the 10-item questionnaire after doing listening activity using their own smartphone for one semester in the course of Practical English listening and reading. The findings show that listening activity done with smartphone enhanced students' interest in English listening and improved their English listening skills because smart phones made customized learning possible. However, the major limitation of using smart phone is that students are distracted during activity by smart phones' other functions such as SMS and messenger. To reduce such distraction, I suggest that individual listening activity with smart phones be mixed with instructor-led activity using a classroom computer in about 50 to 50 ratio. The ratio might vary depending on the level of students' English listening skills. These findings will make a contribution to the boost of digital convergence English learning.

Keywords

Smart phones;English listening;Mobile-assisted language learning;Digital convergence English;Language learning tool

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