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App Assisted Language Learning: How Students Perceive Japanese Smartphone Apps

  • Author / Creator
    Moroz, Ashley J
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) has been used in second language classrooms since the 1960’s. With the advancement of technology, new resources are becoming available to assist language learning. The widespread use of internet-capable cell phones and the thousands of apps available for smartphones creates a new market for potential language learning. This study explores whether students are aware of Japanese apps, if teachers are aware of and share these language apps with their students and what features of these apps the students find useful. The results show that just over half of the students are aware of Japanese apps, however, very few students heard of the apps from their teachers. Dictionaries are the most popular app downloaded by the students, followed by kanji practice. However, there is no app currently available that includes all the features the students stated they would like to see in an app.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3Z31Z
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Humanities Computing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Kabata, Kaori (East Asian Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Engel, Maureen (Humanities Computing)
    • Quamen, Harvey (Humanities Computing)
    • Kost, Claudia (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)