From Books to Mobile Applications: A New Way of Vocabulary Learning

Ramazan Güzel


Intentional vocabulary learning is the most important and essential part of the foreign language learning. It needs practice and repetition and learners cannot use language effectively without vocabulary knowledge. Formerly, books were the source of vocabulary and vocabulary memorizing was the main strategy while learning foreign language. This strategy was boring, difficult and wouldn’t help learners much. Today, with the help of Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL), intentional vocabulary learning became easier and more interactive and enjoyable.  The purpose of this study is to identify the most popular mobile applications used in vocabulary learning. Moreover, duration, frequency of the mobile application usage, perceptions of the mobile application users and connection between annual income and mobile application usage time were identified in this study. The results showed that most popular applications are Duolingo and EnglishCentral.  Results also indicated that participants use mobile applications at least once in a month between 0-30 minutes and mostly in the evening. Another result of the study is that there is no correlation between annual income and time spent for mobile learning, and participants think that mobile applications improve not only their vocabulary knowledge but also their speaking skills.

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