Current Trends in Research on Mobile Phones in Language Learning

Document Type : Review Article


Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz


This study aimed at examining the major mobile wireless technologies, that is,
mobile phones and the possibilities associated with them, currently in use in the
educational domains, with an emphasis on language teaching and learning practices.
Accordingly, some of the most typical studies using different functions of mobile
phones such as e-mail, multimedia capabilities, Wireless Application Protocol
(WAP) and SMS in their mobile learning (m-learning) practices are elaborated.
Pedagogical implications and considerations in the integration of mobile
technologies in language-related practices are considered, too. Potential limitations
and barriers to m-learning undertakings are also reported. Finally, in order to further
understand where m-learning as the cutting edge of education currently stands, a
status quo of m-learning is considered.