Scientists Checked the Efficiency of Language Learning Apps

A team of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) performed a study that aimed to check the efficiency of language learning apps. In their study, they focused on Babbel, a popular language-learning app, and an e-learning platform.Scientists Checked the Efficiency of Language Learning Apps

For the study, 85 undergraduate students used Babbel for 12 weeks to learn Spanish. At the beginning of the study, the researchers assessed oral proficiency, vocabulary, and grammar in Spanish of the students with the help of a certain test. Twelve weeks later, the 54 students who completed all study requirements took the same test again to check their progress in learning the language.

Shawn Loewen, a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University, comments the results of the study: “On the whole, learners in this study increased their oral proficiency, as measured by an improvement on a well-established and valid speaking test, the Oral Proficiency Interview. These results establish that using Babbel can facilitate the development of oral communication skills and not just grammar and vocabulary acquisition, as a previous study had demonstrated.”

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