Applying Location-aware Mobile Apps to Support EFL Writing Instruction: Student Perceptions
Abstract: Among the emerging MALL (Mobile-assisted Language Learning) applications, location-aware technology with geo-spatial tagging ability to link a word, phrase, or image to a particular physical location provides an innovative approach to support EFL (English as Foreign Language) writing instruction. Geotagging has the potential to help students find and read a wide variety of location-specific information from a mobile device. For example, with location-aware services such as Foursquare, users can “search for” or “check in” to locations which are presented with those tagged information. In addition, users can write and share Tips with other users. Such application can be used to support location-based composition, especially descriptive and narrative writing. The current study is part of an in-progress research project. The purpose of this study is to investigate the perceptions and attitudes of EFL students toward using location-aware mobile applications to practice descriptive/narrative writing modes. Partial results and implications of the work are also shared.
Presider: Scott Mavers, University of North Texas