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Age and Korean Language Learners' Use of Mobile Applications

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Title:Age and Korean Language Learners' Use of Mobile Applications
Authors:Choo, SunYoung
Keywords:Korean as a foreign language
Mobile apps
Mobile assisted language learning (MALL)
Older adult learners
Date Issued:23 Nov 2021
Abstract:This study investigates the role of age when learners acquire Korean as a foreign language including the individual differences and habits of use in mobile applications. By conducting a survey, the goal of this research is to examine the obstacles encountered when learning the Korean language depending on their ages; to discover how commonly various apps are used among Korean learners of different ages; and to identify Duolingo user’s common opinions
on the app for learning Korean. The survey was taken by 43 international learners who have studied at Korean language schools or private institutes and used mobile applications to learn Korean. It was found that the learners in their 20s and 30s tried a greater variety of mobile apps for language learning than older generations of learners. Papago translator, YouTube, and Naver Dictionary were most commonly used. In contrast, language learning and language exchange apps were used by few learners. Surprisingly, only five learners had used Duolingo, a globally popular language learning app, for their Korean learning.
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