Experimental MALL Research in SLA: Past, Present, and Future

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The focus of this chapter is the exploitation of mobile technologies in second language acquisition (SLA). Besides its intrinsic intellectual purpose of furthering understanding of SLA processes, SLA research has an underlying practical goal to apply such knowledge to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of language teaching and learning. Throughout the twentieth century, through radio, film, and television, audio and video recording, and the advent of digital computers and the Internet, instructional technology has played a critical role in the application of SLA insights. With the ability of mobile devices to integrate the features of all these technologies, increasingly over the past two decades, the exploitation of mobile hardware and software has emerged as a prolific subject of language learning research. In fact, in this short time such research has generated over 3900 studies relating to Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL).