Using mobile ESL apps greatly impacts students’ motivation. The main reason for using mobile apps is that the students learn in an engaging way using online/offline tools. Using mobile apps support the usual face to face learning by encouraging students to practice the language with the help of various multimedia-based assignments. This approach inspires learners to know more and discover L2 by using their smartphones. The use of portable technologies makes it easier for learners to study whenever and wherever they want. It also facilitates ‘just-in-time’ learning, where learners can often take advantage of unexpected free time, since they frequently have their devices with them. Learners can create, share, and adapt their own content and evaluate these in social media networks of peers, colleagues or others that are not necessarily sharing the same lesson or classroom, expanding the learning experience beyond the traditional teacher-centered classroom model (Laura A.Wankel, Patrick Blessinger, 2013).The presenter will survey mobile ESL apps, free and for fee, online and off-line, show how mobile ESL apps increased her students’ sense of control and autonomy over their learning and reflect on the way the apps were used to improve students ESL skills. The presenter will also share best practices on how mobile ESL apps can be used to motivate students and enhance the processes of teaching and learning. Questions, group discussion and sharing views will be encouraged throughout the session.
Rasha Osman Abdel Haliem, The Higher Technological Institute, Egypt
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