Student Perceptions of Mobile Video Recording to Learn American Sign Language

Student Perceptions of Mobile Video Recording to Learn American Sign Language

Elaine Gale (Hunter College, New York, USA) and Shiao-Chuan Kung (Hunter College, New York, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/IJMBL.2019010101
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This article reports an exploratory study of teacher candidate perception of learning, using video recording in an American Sign Language (ASL) class. Video recording for practice and reflection is relevant to learning ASL, a visual language. One advantage of recording video for learning ASL with mobile devices instead of computers is the larger physical space that can be captured. Thirteen teacher candidates in a graduate program participated, by completing three surveys regarding their experiences with mobile app assignments designed for practicing expressive skills using specific ASL grammatical features. Results showed that 10 out of 12 teacher candidates found app assignments helpful in assessing their own sign skills, and 11 out of 12 found them helpful in clarifying ASL concepts. Nine out of 12 teacher candidates reported increased interest in learning ASL, and 11 out of 13 teacher candidates indicated that their ASL improved due to use of the app.
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Recent studies have indicated an increase in support and use of mobile devices for language learning (Chen, 2013; Godwin-Jones, 2013; Parton, 2014). A selected annotated bibliography published in 2013 (Burston, 2013) features 345 articles related to mobile-assisted language learning (MALL). Mobile devices help language learners with literacy (Li & Hegelheimer, 2013), and speaking skills (Lys, 2013). They have been used for collaborative second language learning (Ilic, 2015) and to increase student motivation and engagement (Gitsaki & Robby, 2014). Many studies feature the use of video apps for self-reflection (Eroz-Tuga, 2013; Kim, Rueckert, Kim, & Seo, 2013; Rosaen, Lundeberg, Cooper, Fritzen, & Terpstra, 2008; Sherin & van Es, 2005). However, there are no known studies to date related to using mobile video-recording apps to learn American Sign Language (ASL). This study fills this gap in the literature by exploring teacher candidates’ perspectives on using a mobile video recording app to learn ASL.

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