In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of the classroom. May 2012, London.

In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of the classroom. She debates the pros and cons of this medium and looks at a variety of content that is currently available. She shares her experiences of creating some of this content, and discusses the early outcomes of these projects. Amy also considers the educational implications of widespread mobile phone availability, particularly in developing countries.

Amy Lightfoot is a freelance ELT materials writer, teacher and teacher trainer, based in the UK. Her regular clients include the British Council and the BBC. She has recently been involved in several large-scale multi-platform materials writing projects, including writing content for mobile learning.

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I accept the Beginner's guide to mobile learners in ELT

I accept the beginners guide to mobile learners in ELT.

Currently, Smart mobile phone's digital functions - such as sound-recording, video-recording, peers-sharing communities, presentations-giving, homework-delivering, APPs for special subjects are still main supplements for classroom-based traditional courses, especially in developing countries.

Mobile tech has helps it very simple to browse for information through the site.

It is definitely something that should be considered; however, as clearly stated in this webinar the drawbacks are numerous and potentially very dangerous. I think using this type of technology in the classroom would need to be limited to adults that are well known to the teacher. Younger learners would need a lot more guidance and limitations set on their device. Therefore, I think use of tablets would prove a greater benefit. I think something overlooked (or i missed it) is the screen size of mobile devices and having broken screens! This would definitely limit a lot of the applications available to the device.

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