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Dial-a-lesson: how the new system operates

Published 10/11/2010 | 05:00

The use of a mobile phone for language learning works in a number of different ways.

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Students dial a special number and enter an ID and PIN number to log on to the FON system, which allows them to:



  • receive vocabulary text messages, and leave recorded responses to teacher prompts and questions.
  • practise questions and answers from a range of themes with their responses recorded.
  • record student-to-student conversations around a specific theme.


Teachers can access student recordings, listen back to them and provide feedback.

Students can also monitor progress and identify any recurring errors.

One student involved in the NCCA research can listen back to all 162 voice response sessions she recorded between March 2008 and March 2010.

The Junior Cert oral Irish exam assesses the student in a number of ways: their response to a greeting, describing a picture sequence, role play and general conversation.

Using the mobile phone system, their responses could be recorded and then assessed.

Irish Independent

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