Autonomous Learning through m-Learning: The Case of Duolingo

Monday 8 May | Tuesday 9 May | Wednesday 10 May | Thursday 11 May | Friday 12 May

Monday 8 May

TRACK 3:
ONLINE/BLENDED LEARNING & CLIL

W O R K S H O P
Autonomous Learning through m-Learning: The Case of Duolingo“,
Ms. Zita Braziuniene, Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Lithuania
Ms. Ruta Kalytiene, Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Lithuania

Place: Room B5-31
Time: 13.00 – 14.30
Description: Learner autonomy is a characteristic of modern communicative language teaching/learning which encourages the learner to be an active participant and manager of their own learning (Broady & Kenning, 1996; Ellis & Sinclair, 1989). It is a practice that allows students the freedom of choice in selecting learning resources and activities, as it perceives students as individuals with their own histories and needs (Nunan, 2000). The case of Duolingo, the gamified mobile application, which was introduced in 2012, illustrates the classification of autonomy both proactively and reactively because it offers personalized free language education, making learning of a new language as a fun game.  Over the past decade the use of mobile devices, such as tablets or smartphones has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Activities provided by Duolingo challenge individual learners to reflect upon their self-awareness of their individual learning strategies, their previous learning experience and their individual beliefs. In the workshop, participants will be encouraged to get hands-on experience applying Duolingo in the language learning process, defining its pros and cons and predicting the future of gamified language m-learning as an autonomous tool in acquisition of a foreign language skills.