Yoon Hyoung Lee | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Users’ Learning Preferences in Using Mobile Applications for Korean Language Learning

Yoon Hyoung Lee, M.A.

This paper describes the approach to investigating the words and phrases that second language learners use to provide feedback on using language learning mobile applications, with special attention given to their learning styles. This project identifies the differences in the learning preferences for various mobile language learning activities of native Chinese-speaking and native English-speaking learners of the Korean language using Kolb’s learning style model (Kolb, 1984) and Fleming’s Visual, Auditory, Reading/writing, and Kinesthetic (VARK) model by Fleming and Mills (1992a, 1992b). In this research, Chinese participants showed preferences for concrete experience, and American participants had strong preferences for abstract conceptualization, based on Kolb’s model. In addition, both showed similar preferences for active experimentation in mobile Korean language learning. Second, the native English-speaking learners had strong preferences for visual learning, but the native Chinese-speaking participants tended to rely more on auditory learning when using mobile applications for learning the Korean language. The findings are discussed in light of design principles to guide designers and developers of language learning mobile applications in relation to different learning styles.

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