[RNLD] List or review of language apps

Samantha Disbray Samantha.Disbray at cdu.edu.au
Sun Feb 26 14:48:40 EST 2017

Thanks John.
Hi all
John’s point about apps are for learning are used is important point. I’ve come across some reviews that address this. I am researching apps for a language maintenance setting and my goal is to advise the group on the sort of learning that might be supported by e-resources, aligned to the learning needs that they have identified. These are in school learning (literacy in particular, but cultural knowledge also), and youth and adult learning, also with a focus on developing literate practice. So far my observation is that many of the resources out there are designed for vocabulary learning in language revitalisation settings.
I will compile a list, with some annotation.

However, I agree that building in evaluation to any resource development project or roll-out would be useful to the specific setting and more broadly to others. I will be recommended this to the group I am working with.

Best regards,

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Thank you, John, for this most pertinent observation.


On 24/02/17 16:38, John Hobson wrote:
It would be of great interest if someone were to undertake empirical research on the effectiveness of these apps. Do people actually learn (better) from them? I tend to see a lot of finger action and reading, but precious little oral communication taking place when people use them. It might be more productive to get people to use their phones to have conversations with native speakers.



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On 24/2/17, 2:27 pm, "Ben Foley" <ben at cbmm.io<mailto:ben at cbmm.io>> wrote:

Hi Samantha

I've shared a list of some that I came across while working on 'Angkety Map', the First Languages Australia digital resources report. I'll clean up the list a little, and check that links are still valid.

The list is on Google Drive here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/1RkEBaHaeepDcE?domain=goo.gl<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/1RkEBaHa5Rpdun?domain=goo.gl>

The report is here: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/V810B2Sw88qDS9?domain=firstlanguages.org.au<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/V810B2Sw1Yq0sV?domain=firstlanguages.org.au>


On 21 Feb 2017, at 17:42, Margaret Carew <margaret.carew at batchelor.edu.au<mailto:margaret.carew at batchelor.edu.au>> wrote:
Hi – looks like you’re the one compiling the list!
Here is an article about the Getting in Touch project
Here is a PDF of some slides from a talk last year
And some info on our website about books with apps
These are built on the Jila framework, which was developed by Thoughtworks for Yawuru
Cheers, MC
Dr Margaret Carew
Linguist, CALL
Division of Higher Education and Research
Batchelor Institute – Desert People’s Centre campus
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Yaama Samantha
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Subject: [RNLD] List or review of language apps
Hi there
Has anyone compiled a list or review of language apps in use for Australian languages?
All responses appreciated and will be passed on to a Central Australian group keen to get an overview of what’s out there and effective for languages teaching and learning – for ages 3-adult.
Samantha Disbray


Mark Clendon

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