JITPICHA JARAYAPUN (ROYAL THAI NAVY LANGUAGE CENTER)
MINGKAMOL IMVIDHAYA (Royal Thai Navy)

THE ROYAL THAI NAVY LANGUAGE CENTER (RTNLC) ENGLISH LANGUAGE MOBILE APP DESIGN: LESSONS LEARNT : DIGITAL LITERACY IN ELT

The use of mobile technology has become increasingly important in language learning, as it can provide the opportunity to study anytime and anywhere. Even though there are various mobile Apps available in the market, most of them are not created to meet the specific needs of language learning. This presentation will address the procedures for the “RTNLC Mobile App” designed to serve the Royal Thai Navy’s English policy. The project aims to stress the importance of technology as a platform for English learning at the convenience of the learners. The presentation discusses the lessons learnt through the cooperation between teachers and an App developer. The presentation also shows some authoring techniques for English lesson designs, the App design requirements; as well as, advantages and limitations of mobile Apps for language learners. The lessons from the project can be efficiently taken into consideration when designing mobile Apps for language learning.

Jitpicha Jarayapun currently works in the Royal Thai Navy Language Center. She graduated with BA in Education, Chulalongkorn University; MA in Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University; and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Washington. Her research interests include ESP, language teacher identity, and Heritage Language Education. (jitpicha15@gmail.com)

Mingkamol graduated with a computer science degree from the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Mahidol University. She is a programmer at Royal Thai Navy, where she helps the Royal Thai Navy Language Center build a self-learning English App for mobile phones.