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Implementing Mobile Language Learning Technologies in Japan

Authors: McCarty, Steve, Obari, Hiroyuki, Sato, Takeshi

  • Introduces the history of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) in Japan to the international community of scholars
  • As Japan was a pioneer of mobile Internet technologies, some of the world’s first applications of mobile devices to education are described
  • Covers both theoretical aspects and the practical implementation of ubiquitous language learning technologies, including smartphones, iPads, podcasting, social media, blended learning, and flipped classroom approaches
  • Documents case studies implementing emerging technologies in university classrooms and the curriculum for English as a Foreign Language
  • Case studies at various universities all include recommendations for other institutions on using state-of-the-art technologies in actual classes
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This book explores theoretical and practical aspects of implementing mobile language learning in university classrooms for English as a Foreign Language in Japan. The technologies utilized, such as smartphones, iPads, and wi-fi, integrate students’ hand-held devices into the campus network infrastructure. The pedagogical aims of ubiquitous mobile learning further incorporate social media, blended learning, and flipped classroom approaches into the curriculum. Chapter 1 defines mobile language learning within dimensions of e-learning and technology-assisted language learning, prior to tracing the development of mobile learning in Japan. Chapter 2 documents the sociocultural theory underpinning the authors’ humanistic approach to implementation of mobile technologies. The sociocultural pedagogy represents a global consensus of leading educators that also recognizes the agency of Asian learners and brings out their capability for autonomous learning. Case studies of universities, large and small, public and private, are organized similarly in Chapters 3 to 5. Institutional/pedagogical and technological context sections are followed by detailed content on the implementation of initiatives, assessment of effectiveness, and recommendations for other institutions. Distinct from a collection of papers, this monograph tells a story in brief book length about theorizing and realizing mobile language learning, describing pioneering and original initiatives of importance to practitioners in other educational contexts.

About the authors

Steve McCarty was born in Boston and specialized in Japan at the University of Hawaii. He was a regular faculty member and full Professor in Japan from 1985-2015. He currently lectures for Osaka Jogakuin University, Kansai University, KIC Graduate School of IT, and (since 2004) the Japanese government international agency JICA. Since 1998 he has been the elected President of the academic NGO World Association for Online Education.
Dr. Hiroyuki Obari is a Professor at the Aoyama Gakuin University College of Economics, and part-time Lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology graduate school and Waseda University Faculty of Law. He obtained his MA in TESOL from Columbia University and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Tsukuba. He was a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford in 1998-1999 and 2007-2008. 
Takeshi Sato is an Associate Professor at the Division of Language and Culture Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He holds MA degrees in TESOL from Keio University and the Institute of Education (London). His academic interests include L2 vocabulary acquisition, computer & mobile-assisted language learning, and English as a Lingua Franca pedagogy. He has published articles in TESOL Quarterly, ReCALL, Asian EFL Journal, etc.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Contextualizing Mobile Language Learning in Japan

    McCarty, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Mobile Language Learning Pedagogy: A Sociocultural Perspective

    McCarty, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 19-32

  • Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Case Study: Smartphone App LINE for EFL Peer Learning

    McCarty, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 33-56

  • Osaka Jogakuin University Case Study: Mobilizing the EFL Curriculum and Campus Infrastructure with iPods and iPads

    McCarty, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 57-69

  • Aoyama Gakuin University Case Study: Blended Learning and Flipped Classrooms Utilizing Mobile Devices

    McCarty, Steve (et al.)

    Pages 71-92

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Softcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-2449-8
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Implementing Mobile Language Learning Technologies in Japan
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Education
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-2451-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-2451-1
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-2449-8
Series ISSN
2211-1921
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 97
Number of Illustrations and Tables
36 b/w illustrations
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