Technological developments have greatly influenced the field of mobile-Assisted language learning. To have a better understanding of the applications of digital devices in educational settings, this paper aims to assess the possible acceptance of smartphones for informal language learning in foreign study tours, and investigate the main factors influencing their acceptance. The United Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model was modified and then used as the technology acceptance framework for this study. A total of 94 secondary students and 104 in-service secondary school language teachers in Lanzhou, China, were surveyed for this purpose. The results of the statistical analysis showed that students and language teachers shared a similar moderate-To-high level of acceptance towards adopting smartphones for informal language learning in foreign study tours. In addition, their acceptance level was strongly influenced by the facilitating conditions, followed by other elements including social influence, attitude and performance expectancy, successively.
|Number of pages
|International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation
|Published - 22 Jul 2020
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This paper is based on Ms. LI Tingting’s Master Dissertation, which was submitted to The University of Hong Kong in 2017. The follow-up research received grants from the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (EDB(LE)/P&R/EL/175/2), the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Innovation and Technology Fund (No. GHP/022/17GD) and Internship Programme (InP/083/18) from the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Funding Support to ECS Proposal Rated 3.5 (RG16/2018-2019R), the Interdisciplinary Research Scheme of the Dean’s Research Fund 2018-19 (FLASS/DRF/IDS-3) and the Internal Research Grant (RG93/2018-2019R), The Education University of Hong Kong.
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- English language education
- Foreign study tours
- Mobile learning
- Mobile-Assisted language learning
- Regression analysis
- Secondary schools
- Smartphone adoption.
- Teachers and students
- United theory of acceptance and use of technology model