A Multiple-Case Study Examining Teachers' Use of iPod Touches in Their Pedagogical Practices for English Language Learners

A Multiple-Case Study Examining Teachers' Use of iPod Touches in Their Pedagogical Practices for English Language Learners

M. Liu (The University of Texas at Austin, USA), C. Navarrete (The University of Texas at Austin, USA), E. Maradiegue (The University of Texas at Austin, USA) and J. Wivagg (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8789-9.ch057
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Abstract

Mobile technology has been noted as a valuable resource for students in K-12 education and potentially for English Language Learners (ELL). ELL students enter schools with different levels of English proficiency and teaching such a population often presents a daunting academic challenge. Using mobile devices for learning, holds certain potentials as the literature indicates. Benefits of mobile technology such as flexibility, accessibility, interactivity, and motivation and engagement have been documented. This multiple-case study examines ELL teachers' use of the iPod touch in their instruction at elementary, middle, and high school levels to understand how such mobile devices are used and the teachers' perception of using them.
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The goal of this chapter is to describe three cases (one at elementary level, one at middle school level, and one at high school level) in which one mobile technology, iPod touch, was used in the classrooms of English Language Learners (ELL) as a teaching and learning tool. ELL students are learners of English and have different levels of English proficiency. They represent unique academic challenges in language acquisition. Through the use of mobile technology such as iPod touch, ELL students are provided with the opportunities to engage in authentic tasks to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills that otherwise might be difficult to accomplish with traditional instruction. We asked the research question: To what extent, can mobile technology such as an iPod touch facilitate teaching and learning with ELL students? The intention was to examine ELL teachers’ use of iPod touch in their instruction at elementary, middle, and high school levels to understand how such mobile devices are used and teachers’ perception of using them as a teaching tool.

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