Mobile-Assisted Language Learning during Short-Term Study Abroad

Hyun-Sook Kang, Dong-shin Shin

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This study examined how Korean teacher candidates’ understanding of English and their use of the L2 and other semiotic resources for meaning making could be mediated through a mobile application, Band during study abroad. Drawing on the sociocultural perspective of L2 learning, weekly reflections in L2 English with other semiotic resources (e.g., emoticons, images, and videos) aligned with curricular activities were analyzed and triangulated with focus group and individual interviews. Content analysis of the reflection posts indicated how the mobility and connectivity of Band mediated sojourners’ understanding of variation in English and the host culture during study abroad. The analysis further suggests that the interactive and multimodal features of the mobile application helped L2 learners engage in enhanced learning opportunities through which they shared and negotiated each other’s ideas, by using the L2 and other semiotic meaning-making resources, such as images and videos.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-313
JournalFrontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2024


  • mobile-assisted language learning (MALL, m-learning)
  • mobile learning
  • multimodal authoring
  • study abroad


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