Yasushige ISHIKAWA
   Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Professor
Date 2011/08/31
Presentation Theme Mobile assisted language learning in Japan: The development and use of data-based word lists for vocabulary learning and academic reading practice
Conference EUROCALL 2011
Promoters European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Conference Type International
Presentation Type Speech (General)
Venue The University of Nottingham, UK
Publisher and common publisher Craig Smith, Ichiro Akano, Yasushige Ishikawa, Katsuzi Nagai
Details This paper reports on the creation and use of vocabulary databases from United Nations documents to support the vocabulary learning and reading skill development of students who major in International Studies at a university in Japan. The databases are being used to create mobile assisted language learning (MALL) word lists for International Studies courses and five-step learning modules to be used on mobile devices such as cell phones and tablet PCs. The words on the lists consist of technical and other low frequency words, selected by frequency and range analysis as well as by applying teachers’ intuition about word usefulness. Students are provided with information about, and training in the use of, MALL blended-learning strategies to deal with these types of words when they meet them in texts.