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Learning tourism English on mobile phones: How does it work?

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Author(s): Liwei Hsu | San-Nan Lee

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 10;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: m-learning | tourism English | learning | experimental design

ABSTRACT
The authors carried out an experiment to investigate learning tourism English using mobile phone technology. Fifty tourism students in Taiwan were randomly assigned to In-Class Group (CG) or Mobile Group (MG) and the MG subjects were surveyed. The findings indicated that MG students generally appreciated the experience of mobile learning (mlearning) but some aspects of m-learning were not perceived positively by them. In terms of the effectiveness of m-learning, statistical analyses confirmed the benefits of m-learning to vocabulary retention and grammar learning. The large effect size also validated the applicability of m-learning to learning tourism English.
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