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Exploring Learner Perception, Experience and Motivation of Using a Mobile App in L2 Vocabulary Acquisition

Exploring Learner Perception, Experience and Motivation of Using a Mobile App in L2 Vocabulary Acquisition
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Author(s): Lucas Kohnke (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 12
Source title: International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Bin Zou (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China) and Michael Thomas (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/IJCALLT.2020010102

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Abstract

In recent years, the widespread growth of mobile-assisted language learning using apps has made English vocabulary learning increasingly accessible. This study investigated students' perceptions of a vocabulary learning app developed by the researcher as a tool to help them to improve their L2 receptive vocabulary. The app, containing 20 levels, works with both iOS and Android. The participants were 14 undergraduate students at an English-medium university in Hong Kong. A qualitative methodology of semi-structured interviews captured a holistic overview and revealed students' perceptions of the app. The results suggested that Hong Kong university students have a strong motivation for acquiring an L2 vocabulary. Participants also indicated a preference for mobile applications using gamified features. The study highlights directions for future research into apps for English language learning.

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