Critical Reading IX

Ramamuruthy, V., & Rao, S., (2015). Smartphones Promote Autonomous Learning in ESL Classrooms. Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology, 3(4)

In the 21st Century Learning Skills, students must focus beyond the four skills in English (listening, writing, reading and listening). They have to focus in learning and innovation skill which have four aspects they are, critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating and collaborating. To reinforce student’s ability in those aspects, the information must be accessed easier, more effective and more efficient.

Meanwhile, the mobile learning is using the mobile technologies to facilitate learning anywhere and anytime. It’s replaced from computer to laptop, from laptop to palmtop like tablets and smart phones. Smartphones provide a great opportunity to access the material and give information for learners in learning English language through useful application.

The autonomous learning is the ability and the potential to learn and to take responsibility of one’s learning. The learners have to manage their own learning situation. However, it doesn’t mean that the students will not get the teacher’s direction. In this learning, teacher still become the facilitator in learning the material.

The result of the study reveals that smartphones make learners to obtain learning innovation to a certain level. Students also aware of their needs in learning English. Smartphone trigger them in self-learning to seek more information towards the material and to correct their own mistake.

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