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If you have been thinking about mobile language learning you may be interested in reading this article with ‘20 ideas for using mobile phones in the language classroom‘. You may also want to read about podquests (activities similar to webquests but designed for use with Ipods) and listening practice exercises for Ipods with your students. You can read about them in the two practical publications below. If you are working on materials for mobile language learning I would love to hear from you!

Reinders, H. 2006 Portable language learning: creating materials for the Ipod. English Teaching Professional. Issue 46. Made available here with kind permission of the publisher.


Reinders, H. 2007. Podquests. Language learning on the move. ESL Magazine.You can listen to the article here.

If you are interested in developing materials for mobile learning, there are several authoring tools you can download. Here is a list of them. If you are particularly interested in creating podquests or using the Ipod, that list contains a couple of options. You could also use eXe, developed in New Zealand, which allows exporting of learning content to Ipod Notes.

Of course, mobile phones can be useful for research purposes too. This article talks about the technical aspects of mobile data collection and is a good read if you think you may be interested in this area.

Min Young Cho and I used mobile phones to encourage out-of-class learning. You can read our short, practical article ‘Extensive Listening Practice and Input Enhancement on the Mobile Phone’ (published in TESL-EJ, 14:2 in 2010) here.

You may also be interested in the use of computer games for the teaching of various language skills. I regularly do workshops on this topic and have a short and practical article for language teachers in a recent issue of English Teaching Professional (63) which you can read here.
Reinders, H. 2009 ‘Using Computer Games to Teach Writing.’ English Teaching Professional, 63 (56-58).
My upcoming book ‘Computer in Language Learning and Teaching’, to be published by Multilingual Matters later this year, will include a collection of articles discussing different aspects and ways of using computer games in language education.


A related book chapter has appeared here:
Reinders, H. and Lewis, M. 2009 ‘Podquests. Language games on the go.’ In: Andreade, M. (Ed.), Language Games. Alexandria: TESOL. (Series: Classroom Practice).


Here is a practical article for language teachers who are considering using internet resources in the classroom:

Reinders, H. 2003 ‘A cost-benefit analysis for using the Internet in the language classroom’ New Zealand Language Teacher, 29:33-36. You can read the article here.

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