Investigating the Effectiveness of iPad Based Language Learning in the UAE Context

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This mixed-methods true experimental study aimed at exploring the results of using mobile technology educationally by looking into learner practices and attitudes toward using iPads in language learning, as well as looking into students’ language achievement that the paperless classroom developed. Four research questions guided this study. The quantitative analysis were obtained through the test scores and survey questionnaires to answer the first three research questions. The qualitative analysis were obtained through teachers’ weekly reflective journals to answer the forth research question. The experimental results revealed that level one language learners progress in learning English better when using iPads as compared to using textbooks. That is to say, according to the experimental results of this study, the paperless classroom is better suited for language learning purposes. The experimental phase results were well supported by the results of the survey analysis, which showed a positive relationship between students’ attitudes toward iPad implementation as a means of language learning and their language achievement. Not only the experimental and survey results showed that iPad based language learning is more productive than textbook based language learning, but also the reflective journal analysis, according to what, the interactive learning environment in both phases triggered quite a high level of student motivation and language achievement.
Mobile communication systems in education., United Arab Emirates (UAE), iPad, language learning