Impact of Mobile Assisted Language Learning on the Young ESL Learners’ Vocabulary in Pakistan
Connectedness through mobile phones has revolutionized the modern academic arena, which has presently become a common trend, and termed as Mobile Assisted Language Learning (here on wards MALL). The inclusion of 3G, 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) has made mobile phones work like mini computers. The present study explores the impact of Mobile assisted language learning on young ESL learners’ vocabulary. To achieve the objectives of current investigation, quantitative research design was utilized because the data were numeric in nature. The population of the study was taken from Lahore where the sample size was 60. These 60 students were equally distributed into two different groups (controlled and experimental) of 30 each. All of them were Grade III students, studying in various English medium institutes of Lahore. The samples were selected through random sampling method. Initially a pretest, regarding vocabulary assessment, of both the groups was taken. After that the controlled group learners were taught through conventional method whereas the learners in experimental group learnt vocabulary words though MALL in a learner-centered ambiance for two weeks. After the treatment period was over, a post test was conducted and results were gathered and analyzed. The statistical data reflected marked difference in the standard deviation (2.24137), mean (9.91) and the standard error mean (0.22413) between both the groups. The outcomes revealed that vocabulary teaching could be transformed using MALL in Pakistani ESL learning situations.