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The Use of Mobile Applications in Language Classes



Session Outline






As language teachers or experts in the field, we are always confronted with the task of keeping up with what is new for us and our learners. Mobile tools are definitely one of these and have invaluable offerings for pedagogical purposes. 'Anywhere and anytime learning' is certainly  a need of the learners of this era and will be sought after in many educational environments in the near future. In this session, the importance of mobile assisted language learning (MALL) will be introduced. Various ways to use mobile applications in language classes will be illustrated by the moderators, who are experienced in using mobile apps in their teaching.  Mobile apps that  teachers can use for their professional development will also be handled in detail. The live sessions and asynchronous discussions which we will have during this 5 week period will allow us ample chances to learn from each other and share all together. We are sure this will be a fun and fruitful session.  Hope to see you in the session!


Target Audience

Teachers of English as a Foreign / Second Language, instructors, educators, and researchers from all levels of English are welcome.


Interest Section Sponsors

TESOL: Computer-Assisted Language Learning IS





By the end of this online session, participants will have;
- discussed the advantages and disadvantages of mobile tools in classrooms
- been informed about sample mobile applications for professional development
- been informed about sample mobile applications for language activities


Weekly Outline


Week 1  (Jan 13 - 19, 2014): First introductions and getting started


Objectives of  Week 1 : By the end of Week 1, you will have ..........

  •   created a profile in Edmodo

  •   introduced  yourself and talked about your expectations about the session in Edmodo

  •   completed the needs analysis survey 

  •   joined  live chat    




Task 1: Joining Edmodo


Edmodo is the main platform we will be using for the announcement of weekly outline, activities and tasks. It will also be the asycnhronous tool for communication where we will be discussing ideas and sharing our opinions.


For Task 1, go to edmo.do/j/rf4t3h  and create your profile there. Under the post called  "Introduce yourself", write a few things about yourself and your expectations from this session. You can follow this structure: 3 Personal Things about me, 2 things I like about teaching,1 thing I want to improve in myself. My expectations from this session are ....................


Task 2: Needs Analysis Survey


Fill in the needs analysis survey. This survey aims to uncover more info about the participants in our session. (e.g. where they are from, their year of teaching, their familiarity with mobile tools, etc.)  so that we can get to know each other better. The results of the survey will be announced in Week 2. 


Task 3: Joining WizIQ


WizIQ is the platform we will be using for having live conferences each week. The link to the live session will be announced later. 


Week 2  (Jan 20 - 26, 2014): What is Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL)?


Objectives of  Week 2: By the end of Week 2, you will have 

  • read articles about MALL

  • had a discussion on the offerings of MALL in Edmodo

  • joined  live chat  


Task 1: Reading


What is Mobile Assisted Language Learning? What is new in MALL? Why to use (which) mobile tools? What are pros and cons? Read the following two articles to find answers for these questions.


1. Huffman, S. (2011). Using mobile technologies for synchronous CMC to develop L2 oral proficiency. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 2nd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2010. (pp. 122-129), Ames, IA: Iowa State University. (Download)


2. Kukulska-Hulme, A. (2009). Will mobile learning change language learning? ReCALL; 21(2). (Download)


Task 2: Discussion


After reading the two articles above, share your opinions on the following in Edmodo and comment on others.


- MALL tools

-preference to or not use (which) mobile tools by stating reasons

-  the implications of the articles for teaching language with MALL tools and your own stance on it 


Task 3: Join live chat 

Dates and place will be announced later. 


Week 3 (Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2014): Mobile Apps  for Teaching Language


Objectives of  Week 3: By the end of Week 3, you will have 

  • learnt some Mobile Apps to be used in language classes

  • shared your opinions on these Mobile Apps in Edmodo and introduced other Apps

  • prepared an activity or lesson plan in which you integrate one or more Mobile Apps into your teaching,

  • shared your activity or lesson plan in Edmodo and gave peer feedback  

  •  joined  live chat              


Task 1: Getting to know mobile applications for teaching foreign/second languages


Watch the video in which you will be introduced to various free Mobile Apps to be used in language classes. (Video will be uploaded later)


Task 2: Hands-on- workshop with an activity or lesson plan 

Prepare an activity plan or lesson plan in which you integrate one or more Mobile Apps into your teaching. This plan can be for one class hour or more. 


Task 3: Sharing thoughts on Mobile Apps


In Edmodo,

  • share the activity or lesson plan you have prepared and give feedback on others'plans

  • comment on some of the Mobile Apps (which ones you have found more beneficial, practical, etc.)

  • introduce other  Mobile Apps you know and use in your classes


Task 4:  Join live chat 

Present your activity or lesson plan orally. (Dates and place will be announced later. )


Week 4 (Feb 3 - Feb 9, 2014): Mobile Apps  for Teachers' Professional Development


Objectives of  Week 4: By the end of Week 4, you will have 

  • learnt some Mobile Apps for teachers' professional development

  • used some of these  Mobile Apps 

  • discussed on their benefits/ pros/cons in Edmodo

  • joined  live chat           


Task 1: Familiarizing yourself with Mobile Apps  for Teachers' Professional Development


Watch the video in which you will be introduced to various free Mobile Apps to be used for teachers' professional development (Video will be uploaded later)


Task 2: Discussion in Edmodo


Use one or more Mobile Apps for professional development introduced in the video for  a few days and discuss how you did/did not benefit from it/them in Edmodo.


Task 3:  Join live chat 


Dates and place will be announced later. 


Week 5 (Feb 10 -16, 2014): Closing the session


Objectives of  Week 5: By the end of Week 5, you will have 

  • filled in the Evaluation Survey

  • shared your reflections on the overall efficiency of the session (in Edmodo)

  • commented on others' reflections in Edmodo

  • joined  live chat   


Task 1: Evaluation Survey

Fill in the Evaluation Survey (A link will be provided here)


Task 2: Discussion in Edmodo


Reflect on your experience of participating in this session and provide your insights on:

- how beneficial the session has been to you as a learner/ teacher

- any suggestions for the improvement of the delivery of the session

- your overall evaluation of the session


Task 3: Join live chat 


Dates and place will be announced later.  

Join this session


Sign up for the session starts on Jan 6th, 2013

The action starts on Jan 13th, 2014.


To join this group:


From January 6 to 12:


  1. Go to: https://edmo.do/j/rf4t3h
  2. Register for Edmodo and request to join our group called "Mobile Assisted Language Learning".
  3. Check your e-mail and join our session when you are approved by the moderator of the group.






Behice Ceyda Cengiz, ceyda@metu.edu.tr 

Sedat Akayoğlu, sakayoglu@gmail.com - http://www.sedatakayoglu.com


Behice Ceyda Cengiz

She is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. She is currently an MA student and also working as a Research Assistant at METU.










Sedat Akayoğlu

He completed his MA and PhD degree studying on Computer Assisted Language Learning. He is currently working as an assistant professor at the Department of English Language Teaching, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey. 







Session Communication Tools




Other technology tools

We will introduce some mobile applications for both IOS and Android Operating Systems.


The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section



Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language, an international education association




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