Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 4 December 2023                       Pp.94-110

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 Use of Mobile Apps for Enhanced Vocabulary Acquisition: A Comparative Study among
Saudi EFL Students

Yaseen Azi
English Language Institute
Jazan University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Received:06/05/2023         Accepted:11/15/2023                 Published:12/15/2023


The paper presents a methodological approach and a summary of the major findings of the study. The main aim of the research was to investigate the effects of using mobile apps on vocabulary learning outcomes and motivation among Saudi EFL learners. The study adopts a survey method, combining quantitative data from a questionnaire. The survey was done among intermediate and elementary students including the type of sampling. The significance of the study lies in the fact that appropriate vocabulary acquisition is essential for good communication, but acquiring new words and using them can be dull. The research aimed to explore innovative ways of learning vocabulary in a foreign language by using mobile technology and learners’ perceptions and attitudes towards such apps that provide fun-filled learning. The main question addressed by the research was whether using mobile apps for vocabulary learning would lead to better outcomes than other methods. The context of the study was Saudi Arabia, where English is taught as a foreign language. The research tools used were mobile apps for vocabulary learning, which were compared with other methods. The results showed that the groups that used mobile apps for vocabulary learning significantly outperformed the other groups on vocabulary tests, indicating that mobile apps can be an effective tool for enhancing vocabulary acquisition among Saudi EFL learners.
Keywords: English as a foreign language, mobile applications, mobile technology, vocabulary
acquisition, vocabulary enhancement.

Cite as: Azi, Y. (2023). Use of Mobile Apps for Enhanced Vocabulary Acquisition: A Comparative Study Among Saudi EFL Studentsز Arab World English Journal, 14 (4) 94-110.


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Received: 06/05/2023
Accepted: 11/15/2023  
Published: 12/15/2023     

Yaseen Azi completed his general education in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Azi holds MA in Linguistics and PhD in Educational Linguistics. He is an applied linguist and discourse analyst interested in the interconnections between the language system, language use, interaction, and context. Dr. Azi ’s work centers on the analysis of language use for education purposes and in multiple settings and contexts. He appeals to a multiplicity of theoretical approaches related to pragmatics, discourse analysis, perception, classroom discourse studies, second language studies, and sociolinguistics. Dr. Azi teaches courses on how to approach language learning from conceptualization-based linguistic viewpoints.  ORCID: