Mobile Pedagogy for English Language Teaching: A Guide for Teachers
The 46 page research report on ‘Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching and learning: a guide for teachers’ is a practical and informative report. It was written by experts (Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Lucy Norris and Jim Donohue) in the field that combine a strong theoretical background with experienced practical projects.
The ideas in this guide are based on a research project conducted at The Open University in 2013–14, funded by a grant from The British Council Research Partnerships scheme. This project has investigated the experiences of English language learners and teachers who have explored mobile learning to some degree, even if only tentatively and informally. Recognising that we live in an increasingly mobile world, where travel and migration are more common and mobile devices are a part of everyday life, the research has focused particularly on the teaching and learning context of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Teachers already know many of the ingredients that can spell success for language learning and this naturally leads to consideration of how language teaching might be enhanced by the careful use of mobile devices. In this guide we propose a new frame of reference designed to stimulate thinking around key aspects of mobile-enabled language learning activities for students. One of the key aspects of successful mobile learning of English that the framework highlights is the use of activities which exploit a dynamic language and technology environment while drawing on the distinctive capabilities of teachers and learners.
It is our hope that this guide will be read widely and adopted in teacher development throughout the world. We look forward to receiving feedback on whether it has enabled teachers and learners to rethink and revitalise their practices.