What does this mean for me?
As we edge towards almost ubiquitous smartphone ownership and connectivity, the effects on how we learn and teach languages are likely to be profound.
If you're a teacher, you may want to:
- Familiarise yourself with the basics of mobile learning pedagogy, either through some of the resources in the Dive deeper section of this episode.
- Speak to your learners about how – if at all – they're using their phones to help them learn English.
- Depending on how 2) above goes, recommend some products or services that your learners might find helpful.
If you're a school manager or owner, you may want to:
- Find out how much traffic to your company website is coming from mobile devices. If it's a lot, you should probably check that your site is optimised for mobile browsing (for example, through a responsive design). You can test your site here. Apparently, 46% of consumers won’t return to a web page if it doesn't load properly on their mobile device.
- Check whether any online courses you offer work well on mobile devices. If they don't, consider switching to a more mobile-friendly LMS. If you want some guidance, email us at [email protected] and we can advise.
- Consider developing some kind of mobile product or service for your school. This might mean choosing a white-label app such as Apps Reinvented or developing something from scratch. If you're going the 'from scratch' route, we'd recommend looking at the topic of Learner Experience Design (LXD) first.
If you work in ELT publishing or product development, you may want to:
- Also familiarise yourself with the basics of mobile learning pedagogy, either through some of the resources in the Dive deeper section of this episode.
- Spend some time exploring how mobile-first products like Duolingo or Memrise present language-learning content. How does it differ from mobile products from ELT publishers?
- Find out where mobile fits in your organisation's strategic and/or product roadmap. If it doesn't, you may want to ask why ...