Mobile learning is now a growing trend in learning languages. Mobile devices like smartphones are commonly used by university students in their daily lives and are also commonly allowed in classrooms. There have been an increasing number of language learning applications. Previous studies have suggested that those applications on smartphones can help develop students' language skills. Conducted with English major students at a private university in Thailand, the present study aims at investigating how the students perceive the benefits of smartphones for learning English and how they use their smartphones to improve their English skills. The students were asked to complete the online survey, with Likert-scale items and open-ended questions. The data collected from 122 respondents were analyzed using basic descriptive statistics. The results reveal the students' positive perceptions of smartphone use for English language learning (average score: 4.05/5). They agree that smartphones can help them improve their English skills - especially vocabulary, reading, and listening respectively. The results also show that most students use their smartphones to improve their English skills - especially vocabulary, listening, and reading respectively. The students' responses to open-ended questions allow teachers and researchers to learn more about their perceptions and practices. The implications of the study are also discussed.
Siriluck Wechsumangkalo, Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand