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Here are blogs written by Robert Godwin-Jones Ph.D. He is Professor of World Languages and International Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and past Director of the English Language Program. His research is principally in applied linguistics, in the areas of language learning and technology and intercultural communication. Robert has published widely in those fields, as well as regularly presenting at international conferences. Most recently, he has worked particularly in the areas of mobile-assisted language learning and open educational resources.

Read about using mobile devices in the language classroom.

Using mobile devices in the language classroom #1: Making the case

Should students be allowed to use mobile devices in the language classroom?

It's quite likely that, if asked, the majority of language teachers would respond with a clear 'no'. Conventional wisdom - as well as teachers' likely own personal experiences - would [...]

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Using mobile devices in the language classroom #2: Getting started

Starting with the basics

One of the advantages to using mobile devices, compared to other technologies, is the likelihood that the devices - smarthphones or tablets - are already familiar to students. Of course, this assumes that devices [...]

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