Using Mobile Phones in English Education

Report on a case study.  Excerpt:

Recent research concerning the brain and learning indicates that retention of a new word or concept depends on the quality and frequency of the information processing activities (Hulstijn 2001). However, in many educational institutions around the world, the amount of class time is still very limited. Thornton and Houser (2005) believe that mobile technology can help extend learner opportunities in meaningful ways. With that in mind, they surveyed students at the university to determine patterns of usage of mobile devices, the mobile phone functions they use, and the types of educational activities they consider useful for mobile phones to make the mobile phone’s function come into play.

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