International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )
Since mobile phones have been entered Iran like other countries, it seems quite vital to have a research in application of the short message service (SMS) in second language learning, specifically vocabulary learning. This study attempts to examine the effectiveness of SMS vocabulary learning on university students in Islamic Azad University, Taft Branch, Iran. 55 students were chosen. They were all between 20- 30 years old, freshmen and in the elementary level. The students were randomly distributed into two groups and given two sets of English words. (All the chosen words were nouns.) either on paper or through SMS messages. Students recognized more vocabulary during the post-test after reading the regular and brief SMS lessons than they did after reading the relatively more detailed print material. Qualitative data from interviews offer information about the learning process as well as the benefits and limitations of m-learning. Results of the questionnaires show that students in general hold positive attitudes towards learning vocabulary via mobile phone. On the other hand, technological limitations, unfamiliar presentations and learning activities may prevent students from reading SMS lessons.
:mobile learning; SMS learning; vocabulary learning; learning through technology
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