Mobile language learning applications for Arabic speaking migrants - A usability perspective
Journal article, 2018

Usability testing with mobile applications (apps) plays an important role in determining the ease of use of an app as well as in informing their design and development. The purpose of this research is to investigate the usability of three language learning apps with a sample of Arabic speaking migrants who have recently arrived to Sweden. In addition, We surveyed available apps for the target group on both Android and Apple market stores and used a framework for categorizing language learning apps to guide the design and development of our own app. The outcomes show that in order for users to engage in an app, there are a number of obstacles that need to be overcome to make an app motivating enough to use, such as lack of variation in functionality, instructions and feedback. Our app, Minclusion, was developed from the input obtained from the usability studies.

mobile application

Arabic speaking refugees

mobile learning

usability testing

migrants

Author

Khaled Al-Sabbagh

University of Gothenburg

Linda Bradley

University of Gothenburg

Lorna Bartram

Chalmers, Communication and Learning in Science, Language and Communication (Chalmers)

Language Learning in Higher Education

2191611X (ISSN) 21916128 (eISSN)

Vol. 9 1 71-95

Subject Categories

Interaction Technologies

Human Aspects of ICT

Human Computer Interaction

DOI

10.1515/cercles-2019-0004

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11/25/2019