Vocabulary Learning Contents for Use with Mobile Phones in Education in Japan
Midori Kimura, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan, Japan ; Yukinari Shimoyama, Toyo Gakuen University, Japan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Expanding vocabulary is one of the most important issues for English learners in Japan, which has led to the development of effective vocabulary learning (VL) contents for mobile phones (MPs). A total of 137 students from seven different universities in and around Tokyo participated in this experiment, and studies were carried out to achieve three research objectives: (1) find out what components are ideal for VL with MPs, (2) ascertain the differences in VL strategies and learning styles with and without MPs, and (3) measure the effectiveness of VL with MPs. A pre-test and a post-test for English vocabulary were conducted, and two researcher-developed questionnaires on VL strategies and learning styles consisting of 120 question items were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the VL strategies and learning styles before and after the experiment. The study produced interesting results, which were particular to Japanese students. In closing, we propose the concept of using VL contents for MPs as the ideal tool for anytime, anywhere learning.
Kimura, M. & Shimoyama, Y. (2009). Vocabulary Learning Contents for Use with Mobile Phones in Education in Japan. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1922-1929). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).