Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Technology in the EFL Classroom: Effects of a Mobile English Learning Application on Turkish University Student Achievement and Motivation
by Marlowe, Zoe, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2018, 139; 10748623
Abstract (Summary)

In an effort to help alleviate low achievement and motivation in Turkish university preparatory English programs (Education First, 2015), an English teacher at Mihrimah Sultan University (pseudonym) in Istanbul, Turkey, conducted a study in which ten university English preparatory program students used a mobile language learning application, English Quickly (EQ pseudonym). The aim of the study was to ascertain whether or not the eight-week application usage period would help students to improve their English language skills as well as their motivation to practice English. The mobile application EQ was downloaded by the students in February 2017, and was used for eight weeks, terminating in April 2017. Students used the different functions of the application including watching videos, speaking, and learning new vocabulary. The conceptual framework used for the study consisted of an analysis of knowledge, motivation, and organizational influences based on the work by Clark and Estes (2008). Recommendations were generated and an evaluation plan was designed using the New World Kirkpatrick's Four Level Model (Kirkpatrick & Kirkpatrick, 2016).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Seli, Helena, Crawford, Jenifer
Commitee: Calvert, Melanie K.
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Education, Near Eastern Studies, Educational technology
Keywords: EFL, Education technology, English as a foreign language, English teaching, Technology in ELT, Technology in English teaching
Publication Number: 10748623
ISBN: 978-0-438-72723-6
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