Author: Judith McKerrecher
Date of Publication: September 2016
Series Title: Scottish Languages Review Issue 31
Notes: DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.3806583
Increasingly, digital learning is being used in classroom practice to enhance learning experiences. In this small scale enquiry I investigated, using quantitative and qualitative data, the impact of using an app on the development of Advanced Higher French learners’ skills for independent learning. The research also explored how the use of mobile technology can impact (positively or negatively) on learners’ metacognition within the context of Modern Languages, and its importance in the development of independent learning skills. The findings suggest that while learners enjoy the flexibility afforded to them by accessing their learning via app, the role of the teacher and the training of both teacher and learner are essential if the learning is to be effective. Attention also needs to be given to how skills for independent learning can be developed effectively both before and during the course. The role of metacognitive ability is pivotal here and opportunities for metacognitive development need to be integrated into course content.