Enhancing reading comprehension for L2 learners of english :insights from a comparison of mobile applications based on current theoretical standpoints
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Giraldo Berrío, Luz Adriana
The purpose of this thesis was to determine the functionality of mobile applications to improve reading comprehension skills in L2 students university students belonging to a language institute in Colombia. This research was developed from the interpretative paradigm. The instruments that were used were: a multiple-choice survey, in a population of ninety-four students who take English as a foreign language at the university level also participated in the study. Additionally, documentary data to understand the functionality of mobile applications was collected from the Google Play app store, which describes the features of the apps in terms of functionality and purpose. A qualitative analysis was carried out through the categorization, labeling and coding of data recurrences. Among the main findings, they converged that the Duolingo, Wlingua and Beelinguapp applications, which were the most complete in terms of the teaching and learning process, and academic performance, were also the most recognized by the population, which should motivate the student to continue using the applications, and in a later period, evaluate how it has impacted the development of English. It should be considered that applications should continue to grow as a tool to learn English. However, these apps must evolve, allowing students to interact with other users, in chat rooms, online classes with student participation, and evaluations with native teachers, among others. In conclusion, paid or free applications do not guarantee learning; Payment only enables app content, but it will depend on the app user.