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Language Learning in Higher Education

Journal of the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS)

Editor-in-Chief: Szczuka-Dorna, Liliana / O’Rourke, Breffni


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Mobile language learning applications for Arabic speaking migrants – a usability perspective

Khaled Walid Al-Sabbagh / Linda Bradley / Lorna Bartram
Published Online: 2019-07-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2019-0004

Abstract

Usability testing with mobile applications (apps) plays an important role in determining the ease of use of an app as well as in informing their design and development. The purpose of this research is to investigate the usability of three language learning apps with a sample of Arabic speaking migrants who have recently arrived to Sweden. In addition, We surveyed available apps for the target group on both Android and Apple market stores and used a framework for categorizing language learning apps to guide the design and development of our own app. The outcomes show that in order for users to engage in an app, there are a number of obstacles that need to be overcome to make an app motivating enough to use, such as lack of variation in functionality, instructions and feedback. Our app, Minclusion, was developed from the input obtained from the usability studies.

Keywords: migrants; mobile learning; usability testing; Arabic speaking refugees; mobile application

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About the article

Khaled Walid Al-Sabbagh

Khaled Walid Al-Sabbagh is a PhD student at University of Gothenburg, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His work focuses on using Machine learning to accelerate the adoption of novel approaches in Software Engineering.

Linda Bradley

Linda Bradley is an Assistant Professor at University of Gothenburg, Department of Education, Communication and Learning at the Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning unit. Her research focuses on mobile and digital learning and how technology is situated in formal and informal settings.

Lorna Bartram

Lorna Bartram is a linguist, specialised in Arabic and intercultural communication. Her work is focused on intercultural communication, migration and language in health care settings. Currently she works at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.


Published Online: 2019-07-18

Published in Print: 2019-07-26


Citation Information: Language Learning in Higher Education, Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 71–95, ISSN (Online) 2191-6128, ISSN (Print) 2191-611X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cercles-2019-0004.

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