Exploring learner perception, experience and motivation of using a mobile app in L2 vocabulary acquisition

Lucas Kohnke

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In recent years, the widespread growth of mobile-assisted language learning using apps has made English vocabulary learning increasingly accessible. This study investigated students' perceptions of a vocabulary learning app developed by the researcher as a tool to help them to improve their L2 receptive vocabulary. The app, containing 20 levels, works with both iOS and Android. The participants were 14 undergraduate students at an English-medium university in Hong Kong. A qualitative methodology of semi-structured interviews captured a holistic overview and revealed students' perceptions of the app. The results suggested that Hong Kong university students have a strong motivation for acquiring an L2 vocabulary. Participants also indicated a preference for mobile applications using gamified features. The study highlights directions for future research into apps for English language learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-26
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Acquisition
  • Alphabet vs. Aliens @PolyU
  • Learning
  • Mobile App
  • Vocabulary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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