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How Personal Digital Devices Are Used for Learning English at Hiroshima University
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The prevalence of personal digital devices, such as personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, has enabled students and teachers to utilize a tremendous amount of online learning materials and resources available anytime and anywhere. In English education at the tertiary level, active exploitations of these digital devices outside of the classroom would be highly beneficial in providing learners with more opportunities to improve their English proficiency. Hiroshima University has been implementing an English education project in which in-class activities are combined with a variety of WBT (Web-Based Training) materials to be learned outside of school. It has also been developing and delivering its original English podcasts for self-learning on a weekly basis. In 2015, the university launched a BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) policy, which is expected to promote learning by using these lightweight devices.

In this paper, we report on a questionnaire regarding the penetration rates of digital devices and the popularity of English self-learning using personal mobile devices. The survey was conducted on 1,000 first-year students at Hiroshima University. The number of valid responses was 767. It was found that there are high penetration rates of laptop computers (99.5%) and smartphones (94.3%), while only 22% of the respondents are using their personal digital devices for English learning, and 3.5% of them are actually listening to Hiroshima University’s podcasts. With better publicity, the number of podcast listeners can be expected to increase in the near future because of the students’ high demands for online listening materials to learn daily English conversation.
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本研究はJSPS科研費 基盤研究(B)16H03450による研究成果の一部である。
本研究の成果は,広島大学外国語教育研究センター「新カリキュラムにともなう学生の英語力向上ワーキンググループ」(榎田一路,上西幸治,鬼田崇作,草薙邦広,阪上辰也,田北冬子,達川奎三,森田光宏,山本五郎,吉川りさ)の活動の一端によるものである。
journal title
Hiroshima Studies in Language and Language Education
issue
Issue 20
start page
201
end page
213
date of issued
2017-03-01
publisher
広島大学外国語教育研究センター
issn
1347-0892
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jpn
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Departmental Bulletin Paper
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Departmental Bulletin Papers
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application/pdf
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Copyright (c) 2017 広島大学外国語教育研究センター
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Institute for Foreign Language Research and Education
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