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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-023-12-1200


A New m-Learning Scenario for a Listening Comprehension Assessment Test in Second Language Acquisition [SLA]

Teresa Magal-Royo (Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, Spain)

Jesus Garcia Laborda (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain)

Sara Price (University College London, United Kingdom)

Abstract: Computer adaptive language testing offers the possibility to research and practice m-learning using ubiquitous technology. Virtual education in m-learning uses conventional Learning Objects (LO) to enable the possibility of development of several tasks oriented towards language learning including the assessment and verification of skill improvements in second language acquisition. So far, there are few research papers on the impact of using new multimodal digital resources as LO in the design process of foreign language assessment tests through mobile devices because many English certification tests still continue to use traditional testing techniques [face-to-face and pen-and-paper assessments] combined with conventional digital environments oriented to virtual education. Learning languages requires not only new m-learning scenarios for assessment but also multimodal interactive environments to improve the user's experience during proficiency tests or language certification. Multimodal object learning such as augmented environments, learning games, spatial sound, etc. can be integrated into an assessment process to enhance the user´s experience by simulating natural communicative scenarios. The present article defines an innovative new m-learning scenario for listening comprehension assessment in an on-line test by implementing a multimodal audio learning source named binaural sound. Use of this technology will enable demonstration of other possibilities of human interaction to improve the user's experience in language learning through sound perception and its cognition from the user in an especific learning task.

Keywords: Computer Assisted Learning Language [CALL], binaural audio, foreign language assessment, listening comprehension assessment, m-learning, multimodal resources

Categories: H.5, H.5.2, I.2.6, I.3.8, J.0, K.3.1, L.0.0, L.3.5, L.3.8