Usability of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Swedish Language Learning for Newcomers in Sweden

  •  Samer Alkhouli    


The rapid advances of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) have enabled ease in accessible language acquisition through the use of a wide range of mobile devices. These devices can be used for language learning anywhere and at any time. Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) is one such approach to language acquisition. MALL is enhanced and managed through the support of modern mobile technological devices. The study objective is to investigate the newcomers’ perspective in Sweden with regard to the usability of mobile devices in Swedish language learning. Additionally, this study will explore the newcomer’s attitude towards language learning through mobile devices. An International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO 9241) approach was used in this study to investigate attributes associated with usability; efficacy, effectiveness and satisfaction. 11 newcomers to Sweden who learning Swedish at SFI (Swedish For Immigrants) were interviewed to comprehend their perspective concerning the usability of mobile devices in Swedish language learning. The discovered findings confirm that efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction have significant positive rates among newcomers, toward mobile devices usability. Additionally, the newcomers use the mobile devices in daily activities more than they do for Swedish language learning.

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