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Extending the ability to communicate effectively via an online mobile application: connecting Australian senior secondary school German and French learners with target-language speaking peers to increase language learner development

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posted on 2022-03-29, 01:03 authored by Joanne Downing
This thesis reports a study which investigated how interacting with target-language speakers on a language learning app influences Australian French and German learners. A qualitative case study is used to explore how communicating online influences student development as language learners. Sociocultural theory in language learning (Lantolf, 2011) provides a framework for considering factors that were influential in the online interaction. Data was collected from the students and drawn from three sources: pre-task student reflective portfolio entries, pre- task student interviews, and post-task student interviews. The findings revealed that developments in the language learner occurred in three areas: personal development, linguistic development, and development of learning and communication strategies. The project highlighted the importance of extending language learning beyond the classroom to develop student communicative competence.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Methodology -- Chapter 4. Findings -- Chapter 5. Discussion and recommendations -- Chapter 6. Conclusion -- References -- Appendices.


Bibliography: pages 65-77 Empirical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Educational Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of Educational Studies

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Robyn Moloney


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