Usability Testing of VLASTA: A Vocabulary Learning and Strategy Teaching App

Siamak Mirzaei, Brett Wilkinson, Mirella Wyra

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Abstract

Learning new vocabulary is one of the challenges in language learning yet crucial for mastering another language. It is also essential in any discipline or professional field where mastering new terminology is indispensable. This paper presents an evaluation of efficacy and usability of a custom-built, targeted and learnable tablet-based app for teaching an extensively researched vocabulary learning strategy, the keyword method, and for facilitating learning of new vocabulary with the aid of this method. In the experimental study reported here, participants learned to use the keyword method, applied it in learning new vocabulary and tested the recall of this newly learned vocabulary within the designed app. The effectiveness of the use of the keyword method taught within the app environment was compared to the effectiveness of the use of the traditional keyword method. Results suggest that the mobile app was a preferred and an effective tool in learning new vocabulary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, (TALE)
EditorsMark J.W. Lee, Sasha Nikolic, Gary K.W. Wong, Jun Shen, Montserrat Ros, Leon C. U. Lei, Neelakantam Venkatarayalu
PublisherIEEE
Pages685-689
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20187 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
CountryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period4/12/187/12/18

Keywords

  • explicit strategy instruction
  • mobile and ubiquitous learning
  • mobile assisted language learning
  • the keyword method
  • usability testing
  • vocabulary learning and teaching

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    Mirzaei, S., Wilkinson, B., & Wyra, M. (2018). Usability Testing of VLASTA: A Vocabulary Learning and Strategy Teaching App. In M. J. W. Lee, S. Nikolic, G. K. W. Wong, J. Shen, M. Ros, L. C. U. Lei, & N. Venkatarayalu (Eds.), Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, (TALE) (pp. 685-689). [8615141] (Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615141