Five Reasons Why Mobile Learning is Important in Second Language Learning
The use of mobile learning technology in second language learning has become increasingly popular in the modern world. With a majority of instructors and learners in possession of mobile devices and availability of the internet, conventional teaching techniques are slowly fading away. As such, mobile devices and other forms of technology-based tools have been incorporated in education, making second language learning easier and more attractive. Apart from the convenience m-learning offers the modern student, here are five other reasons you should use this innovation in second language learning:
- Ease of access to learning material
This is probably the greatest benefit of mobile learning. Learners only need a mobile device and the internet to kick off. With Wi-Fi connections being readily available, second language students do not have to wander in search of particular learning resources. What’s more, a secure learning management system (LMS) and robust server can allow learners to upload and store learning materials like e-books. Online tutorials on YouTube also come in handy for most e-learning students. In fact, video has been identified as the dominant approach to training material delivery for mobile devices (Training Industry Magazine, 2016).
- An excellent option for busy professionals
Adult learning is not all that easy as you need to balance time between work, family and study. Additionally, Millennials make up a majority of the second language students and tend to prefer to do things on the move, including learning. This workforce is also tech-savvy and embraces the latest technological innovations in smartphones and tablets. As such, asking a Gen-Y student to sit all day for a second language session may have him jaded even before he begins.
- Learners and instructors engage constantly
Because m-learning allows a student to access the learning content anytime and anywhere, students are more involved in what they see and learn. Additionally, the fact that they learn at their own pace is a big bonus with M-learning, they can pause and attend a function or meeting and resume from where they left off. M-learning is exceptionally tailored to meet individual needs and a high level of flexibility to learners, thus yielding better performance as well as retention of learning material.
- Diverse learning styles
Second language learning incorporates different learning styles- audio, visual, and hands-on. As such, with mobile learning, a learner can blend various learning styles for enhanced understanding of the language. For instance, a combination of writing, reading, and learning via entertaining videos and podcasts makes learning incredibly exciting.
- Reaching more people
M-learning does not confine second language learning to the typical classroom setting. Thus, the scope of connecting to more learners and obtaining the desired results out of the training material is endless with mobile learning tools. You not only assign courses to anyone in the globe but also engage them while monitoring their progress.
At JTG, we are embracing these new technologies to further our ability to train personnel across the globe. JTG LEARN, our learning center just outside Washington, D.C., is already a hub of activity fulfilling both government and commercial contracts, we look forward to extending our capabilities with new delivery methods. Stay tuned! To learn more about our language training offerings, or inquire about specifics, please visit our Training Page.
Dr. Fareed Pushtoonyar, the author of this post, is the Senior Program Manager for JTG Learn.