Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Comparing vocabulary learning of EFL learners by using two different strategies (mobile learning vs. flashcards)

an article by Mahnaz Saeidi and Mohammad Amin Mozaheb (affiliation(s) not provided) published in International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation Volume 5 Number 3/4 (2012)


Vocabulary learning is one of the most important aspects of language learning. There are a number of techniques and technologies which enhance vocabulary learning in the year 2012, e.g. wordlists, flashcards and m-learning.

Mobile phones are among those devices which not only meet the expectations of their users for communication, but are also good devices for language learning. Mobile phones can be used anywhere and any time, and students are free to use them inside or outside the classroom setting.

The present study compared the use of two strategies for vocabulary learning (i.e. flashcards and m-learning) among 80 students studying English Literature and Translation at BA level in a non-profit, non-governmental university in the city of Tehran, the capital of Iran.

The findings showed that the use of mobile phones for language learning and vocabulary learning would be a better strategy compared to the use of other paramount techniques, such as flashcards.

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