Students from The Mennonite Centre for Newcomers in Edmonton, Canada are learning English as a second language by downloading grammar lessons and answering series of multiple choice and true or false questions on their mobile phones via text-messaging.
The pilot project has been organised by Athabasca University and creates new opportunities in distance and mobile learning. The interactive course which is also available online is divided into eighty six units, including grammar explanations and supporting downloadable in Word and pdf format.
The response so far has been positive and learners are enjoying the flexibility offered by the scheme. Student Fadieh Al-Kaloti is quoted in the article Text-message course helping newcomers learn English as saying:
"You learn where you are — in the bus or in the train or maybe in the plane,"
If the project continues to prove successful, Athabasca University would like to roll out the plan to any language learner who would like to dial up English lessons on their cellphone anywhere in the world. Now that's what I call distance learning!
If any of you are using text-messaging in your MFL lessons, please get in contact and tell me all about it. I'd love to hear from you.