Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number 4 December 2022                                  Pp. 281-291

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Effectiveness of Mobile Learning in Enhancing Saudi English Majors’ Skills in Learning

Safaa Moustafa Khalil
Department of English, Zulfi College of Education
Majmaah University, Zulfi, Saudi Arabia
Department of Languages, Sadat Academy for Management Sciences
Cairo, Egypt


Received: 07/02/2022         Accepted:11/22/2022                 Published:12/15/2022


Learning Phonetics, particularly the transcription of the vowel sounds, is one of the challenges that non-native English majors face. It can be best learned using images and videos as supplementary materials in the phonetics class in addition to the teacher’s live demonstration. Mobile pronunciation applications encompass all these features and provide an affordable and accessible resource for learning. The present study investigates the effect of using a pronunciation application on non-native Saudi students majoring in English at Majmaah University. The study provides insights on how mobile learning can be an effective tool for both English instructors and learners in teaching and learning vowels. A Pretest–posttest design was adopted in the present case study and descriptive and inferential statistical analyses were applied. The results indicated that short vowels are more challenging to the learners than long vowels and diphthongs. Findings also revealed that there is a significant difference between the learners’ performance before and after using the application which indicated the positive effect of using it in developing non-native learners’ skills in learning Phonetics.
Keywords: cognitive theory of multimedia learning, Mobile Assisted Language Learning, Non-native
English majors, phonetics, vowels

Cite as:   Khalil, S. M.  (2022). Effectiveness of Mobile Learning in Enhancing Saudi English Majors’ Skills in Learning Vowels
Arab World English Journal, 13 (4) 281-291.


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Received: 07/02/2022
Accepted: 11/22/2022  
Published: 12/15/2022  

Safaa Khalil is an Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics at Majmaah University. She has more than 22 years of experience in higher education in Egypt and KSA. She has a Ph.D. and an MA in Applied Linguistics. Her areas of interest are Psycholinguistics, CALL and Discourse Analysis.