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Increasing Awareness and Talk Time through Free Messaging Apps

English Teaching Forum Volume 53, Number 1, ISSN 1559-663X


For many people, mobile phones are a part of modern life. Although the purpose of this technology revolves around language and communication, its application to language learning still appears to be underutilized. This is changing, as the widespread use of this handheld technology offers numerous opportunities to use functions that are ideal for exposing learners to communicative interaction on their language-learning journey. One beneficial function of the smartphone is its ability to exchange text and multimedia between users, which is a benefit that is enhanced through the availability of free messaging apps that facilitate the exchanges. In order to explore the messaging function of smartphones and how teachers can employ it to promote spoken communication, this article will describe ways to use text, audio, and imagery inside and outside the English language classroom.


Pollard, A. (2015). Increasing Awareness and Talk Time through Free Messaging Apps. English Teaching Forum, 53(1), 25-32. Retrieved December 12, 2019 from .

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