Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL Number 9. July 2023                     Pp. 262-273

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Perceptions of ESL Undergraduates Regarding the Impact of Smartphones on Learning the
English Language

  Hu Yurong
Faculty of Language and Linguistics, University Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Received: 03/01/2023                Accepted: 07/12/2023                Published: 07/24/2023

This study explores the significance of mobile phone usage in English language learning among students at the National University of Modern Languages. By administering an open-ended questionnaire to a sample of 100 Pakistani students enrolled in Advanced English for the Master of English program, the research investigates how smartphones are used, the attitudes and behaviors of students, and the challenges encountered in utilizing mobile technology within the learning environment. The findings demonstrate that smartphones play a crucial role in enhancing students’ English language learning, as most participants express a positive view regarding their use in language instruction. This research presents a novel teaching approach for ESL students, underscoring the importance of a robust pedagogical foundation and appropriate training. Additionally, the study suggests the need for further exploration through experimental studies to examine the efficacy of smartphones in English language learning. The outcomes of this study contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the effective integration of mobile technology in ESL education, providing valuable insights for educators and researchers in the field.
Keywords: Digital learning, digital literacy, e-learning, ESL undergraduates’ perceptions, smartphone
for English learning, 21st-century learning

Cite as: Yurong, H.  (2023). Perceptions of ESL Undergraduates Regarding the Impact of Smartphones on Learning the English Language. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on CALL (9) 262-273.


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Received: 03/01/2023
Accepted: 07/12/2023
Published: 07/24/2023 

Hu Yurong currently studies in Faculty of Language and Linguistics, University Malaya,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Recently she works on her master dissertation. Her mainly research filed includes learning English as a second language acquisition, the impact of social media on language learning, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. ORCID ID :