Spring 2015

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


Mobile computer devices, such as laptops, hand-held devices like iPads, and smartphones, have become an integral part of learning, today. In this study, effects of mobile computer devices to facilitate language learning were explored. Students from a university were surveyed for their beliefs, behaviors, preferences and practices with respect to using mobile computers devices to learn Urdu/Hindi languages. How students use various types of devices; which language skills (listening, reading, speaking) are affected and enhanced the most; how mobile devices facilitate differentiated instruction for varying learning styles; how they foster self-organized learning environments (SOLE) and support universal design for learning (UDL), were observed and tracked to see the impact of mobile devices on language learning. Key findings indicate that: (a). students use mobile devices to find various language related material for language learning; (b). the portability and quick accessibility aspects help in language learning, inside and outside of classroom; (c). they have varying degrees of impact on listening, reading and speaking skills; (d). they make self-organized learners and support universal design for learning that aids language acquisition, immensely. Overall, it is evident from the study that the use of mobile computer devices enriches a language learner’s experience and plays an integral, supportive role in the language learning process.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department