With the rapid development of mobile technology, mobile devices such as mobile phones, iPads and tablets provide people with a versatile platform for individual learning and communicating anytime and anywhere. In particular, there is an expectation that smartphones including mobile instant messaging (MIM) applications can offer more opportunities for Korean university students to interact in English with others. This study aimed to explore how Korean students communicate in English through the MIM application with other Koreans or English dominant participants and Korean students' perceptions of English communication using that interactive platform. This study adopted a mixed-method approach including surveys, message observations and semi-structured interviews. It focused on a qualitative case study approach to investigate how Korean students participate in English communication via the MIM application. The findings of the study revealed that students perceived that English interaction through the MIM application was a positive experience to use English in daily lives and effective for their English learning. Pedagogical implications for how communicative interactions in English via a MIM application can assist in English language learning and how to implement a better communicative context using a MIM application are discussed.
- 주제 : 어문학분야 > 영어학
- 발행기관 : 한국멀티미디어언어교육학회
- 간행물 : Multimedia-Assisted Language Learning, 23권 4호