Applying Mobile Annotation APPs in EFL Reading: Students’ Perceptions and Experiences
Abstract: With the advancement of mobile technology, making annotations by marking text on a mobile device has become a common practice. The mobility of mobile annotations means that learners could do the reading annotation activities in any environment. The purpose of this study is to investigate EFL students’ perceptions and experiences while using mobile annotation Apps to support outside reading. The researchers have conducted a preliminary evaluation for the existing mobile annotation Apps. In the study, a mix-method design (with attitude questionnaires, think-aloud protocols, and semi-structured interviews) are used to examine the research questions: (1) How do students feel about using mobile annotation Apps for outside reading? and (2) How do students engage with the reading resources and annotation tools? A pilot study was also conducted. In the proposed Roundtable interaction, participants are encouraged to bring their tablets or smart phones to have hands-on experiences with the Apps.
Presider: Lyudmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary College