Use of Mobile Learning Technology to Train ESL Adults” at the 6th World Conference on Mobile Learning
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The Mobile learning ESL Project provides anyone needing assistance with remedial grammar to complete interactive lessons and exercises so that they can improve themselves to function in the workplace. Students can brush up on their English when they are waiting for a bus, or whenever they want to review grammar. The project provides grammar lessons with interactive exercises to anyone with a cell phone, PDA or device that can access the internet, particularly new foreign workers needing ESL training to enter the workforce, adult learners needing skills update and all other who might want easy access to grammar training. There was an increase in test scores from the pre-test to the post test and to the retention test. Different types of questions were used to test students’ knowledge of grammar and to give students practice on grammar. Students preferred the selected-response questions (such as multiple choice) when compared to other question types. Students reported that they liked the flexibility of learning from anywhere and anytime. However, some students commented that the mobile device is too small and they have to become acquainted with the mobile technology. This study will benefit designers who would like to develop learning materials for delivery on mobile devices.